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ERIC Number: EJ932414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0010-8146
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Adult Development: Implications for Adult Education in Africa
Beckloff, Randy
Convergence, v41 n2-3 p13-26 2008
Adult education efforts in Africa are dominated by Western models. One aspect of this domination is a presumption that Western models of adult development can be applied to African contexts. As perspectives on adult development affect adult education programmes, this presumption may negatively impact these programmes in Africa. This manuscript presents perspectives on human development drawn from the continent of Africa and compares these to a leading Western model of adult development proposed by Erikson. This comparison reveals significant differences in the two perspectives. Based on this conclusion I suggest that adult educators must discount Western models of adult development when considering adult education efforts in Africa and instead must proactively seek out Africentric perspectives. Several specific implications of adopting Africentric perspectives are suggested for adult educators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa