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Natural Science Education, Indigenous Knowledge, and Sustainable Development in Rural and Urban Schools in Kenya

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Through a multi-sited qualitative study of three Kenyan secondary schools in rural Taita Hills and urban Nairobi, the volume explo... Weiterlesen
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Through a multi-sited qualitative study of three Kenyan secondary schools in rural Taita Hills and urban Nairobi, the volume explores the ways the dichotomy between 'Western' and 'indigenous' knowledge operates in Kenyan education. In particular, it examines views on natural sciences expressed by the students, teachers, the state's curricula documents, and schools' exam-oriented pedagogical approaches. O'Hern and Nozaki question state and local education policies and practices as they relate to natural science subjects such as agriculture, biology, and geography and their dismissal of indigenous knowledge about environment, nature, and sustainable development. They suggest the need to develop critical postcolonial curriculum policies and practices of science education to overcome knowledge-oriented binaries, emphasize sustainable development, and address the problems of inequality, the center and periphery divide, and social, cultural, and environmental injustices in Kenya and, by implication, elsewhere. 'In an era of environmental crisis and devastation, education that supports sustainability and survival of our planet is needed. Within a broader sociopolitical context of post-colonialism and globalization, this volume points out possibilities and challenges to achieve such an education. The authors propose a critical, postcolonial approach that acknowledges the contextual and situational production of all knowledge, and that de-dichotomizes indigenous from 'Western' scientific knowledge.' Eric (Rico) Gutstein, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago (USA)

Inhalt
Foreword to Natural Science Education, Indigenous Knowledge, and Sustainable Development in Rural and Urban Schools in Kenya; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Sustainability, Development, and Natural Science Education; Natural Science Education in Non-Western Nations and Critical and Postcolonial Perspectives: A Literature Review; Methods and Methodology: Multi-Sited Ethnographic Study; Kenyan Education: The State, Schools, and Legacy of Colonialism; Forest Secondary School: Schooling, Inequality, and Naural Science Education in Rural Kenya; Central Boys Secondary School: National Curriculum and Natural Science Education in Urban Kenya; Uhuru Girls Secondary School: Gender, Natural Science Knowledge, and Education for Sustainable Development; Discussion and Concluding Thoughts: A Call for Critical Postcolonial Approaches to Educational Policy, Curriculum, and Pedagogy; Appendix A; Appendix B; Appendix C; References.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Natural Science Education, Indigenous Knowledge, and Sustainable Development in Rural and Urban Schools in Kenya
Untertitel: Toward Critical Postcolonial Curriculum Policies and Practices
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EAN: 9789462095427
ISBN: 978-94-6209-542-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: SensePublishers
Genre: Pädagogik
Anzahl Seiten: 162
Veröffentlichung: 05.05.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.5 MB