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Lewis, Andrew – Perspectives in Education, 2019
With the ascent of the National Party to power in South Africa in 1948, education reflected apartheid thinking and practices and implemented the ideology of separate development in educational institutions. Pronouncements of the African child's inferiority were reflected in government policy and legislation. The origins of this thinking and…
Descriptors: Blacks, Foreign Countries, Race, Educational Policy
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Adzahlie-Mensah, Vincent; Dunne, Máiréad – Perspectives in Education, 2018
In this paper, we draw on a recent ethnographic study in a rural primary school to illustrate the ways that vestiges of colonialism remain deeply imbricated in contemporary schooling in Ghana. In reference to the history of education, we use evidence from this study to argue that colonial constructions of the African child are reproduced within…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Rural Schools, Elementary School Students, Postcolonialism
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Reygan, Finn – Perspectives in Education, 2018
The school system in South Africa has only in recent years begun to more deeply grapple with issues of power and privilege along a number of axes of oppression including race, gender, class and recently, sexual and gender diversity. As a result, learners who embody sexual and gender diversity experiences spaces of belonging and exclusion in school…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Race, Gender Differences, Social Class
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Serpell, Robert; Marfo, Kofi – New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2014
We reflect on ways in which research presented in earlier chapters responds to challenges of generating an African child development field and identify additional issues calling for the field's attention. The chapters collectively display a variety of African contexts and reflexive evidence of the authors' African cultural roots. Connecting…
Descriptors: Child Development, African Culture, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Literacy
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Pillay, Daisy; Ngubane, Sithembiso – Perspectives in Education, 2018
Going beyond the static, dangerous version of a single story about who an African child inmate is, is an ethical responsibility -- especially when we consider the structural and material forces that are tangled in this evil deed. Drawing on a sociological framing of self and Foucault's theory of ethics, we take a narrative inquiry stance to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Crime, Vignettes
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Aubrey, Carol – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This article seeks to examine critically South African early child development (ECD) in order to uncover some of the challenges that lie ahead in creating a more equitable future for its youngest children. An investigation of play and learning within varied ECD contexts, using observation and interview, is presented. The social constructionist…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Constructivism (Learning), Childhood Attitudes
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le Grange, Lesley – Africa Education Review, 2019
This article argues that learner-centred education needs to shift from a discussion only on pedagogical activities such as group-work and other cooperative learning strategies. It suggests that the focus of learner-centred education should be on the cultural world of the African child and how this influences the way in which he/she learns Western…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Science Education, Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries
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Maseko, Patricia – Perspectives in Education, 2018
The possibility of individual (istic) identity formation is explored within a context of a synergistic and communal support system. Within this context, the intrinsic complexities of the African child who enters the academia with a multiplicity of epistemic identity contestations are simultaneously explored. The ensuing alienation resulting from…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Self Concept, Postcolonialism, Blacks
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Oyero, Olusola; Salawu, Abiodun – SAGE Open, 2018
The "African common position" during the Special Session of United Nations (UN) General Assembly on children was that "Today's investment in children is tomorrow's peace, stability, security, democracy and sustainable development." However, the African child remains the most neglected species in the continent as millions of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mass Media, Mass Media Role, Children
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Goldberg, Abbie E.; Smith, JuliAnna Z. – Family Relations, 2009
Despite increases in transracial adoption, African American children remain the least likely to be adopted. No research has examined the factors that predict prospective adopters' willingness to adopt an African American child. This study used multilevel modeling to examine predictors of willingness to adopt an African American child in a sample…
Descriptors: Racial Factors, Predictor Variables, Sexuality, Age Differences
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Pillay, Preya; Swanepoel, Eben – Perspectives in Education, 2018
The ongoing 2015/16 student unrest (#RhodesMustFall; #FeesMustFall) has displayed heightened calls for the decolonising of the curriculum in the higher education (HE) sector. Students have highlighted in the recent protests that the curriculum remains largely Eurocentric and continues to reinforce white and Western dominance. In response to the…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Honors Curriculum, College Faculty, Foreign Countries
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Burkett, Karen; Morris, Edith; Manning-Courtney, Patricia; Anthony, Jean; Shambley-Ebron, Donna – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2015
Cultural factors such as health care access and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptom interpretations have been proposed as impacting delayed diagnosis and treatment for African American children with ASD. A qualitative study of urban African American families caring for their child with autism was conducted with 24 family members and 28 ASD…
Descriptors: African American Culture, Cultural Influences, African American Children, African Americans
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Serpell, Robert; Marfo, Kofi – New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2014
Early research on child development in Africa was dominated by expatriates and was primarily addressed to the topics of testing the cross-cultural validity of theories developed "in the West," and the search for universals. After a brief review of the outcome of that research, we propose two additional types of motivation that seem…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Development, Educational Research, Developmental Psychology
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Mandara, Jelani; Murray, Carolyn B.; Telesford, James M.; Varner, Fatima A.; Richman, Scott B. – Family Relations, 2012
African American mother-child dyads (N = 99) were observed interacting on a collaborative puzzle exercise. Raters blind to the purpose of the study rated the dyads on several mother and child behaviors. Mothers of daughters were rated as more empathetic, encouraging, warm, and accepting and less negative than mothers of sons. Male children were…
Descriptors: Mothers, Daughters, Child Behavior, Parent Child Relationship
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Goldman, Samantha E.; Glover, Carrie A.; Lloyd, Blair P.; Barton, Erin E.; Mello, Maria P. – Exceptionality, 2018
Low-income, minority families are underrepresented in the literature on parent training for school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although the use of visual supports, such as visual schedules, is considered to be an evidence-based practice for children with ASD in school, it is not known whether this strategy is effective for…
Descriptors: African American Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Low Income Groups
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