Frontiers in African Business Research
Open Access This content is freely available online to anyone, anywhere at any time.

Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa

Authors: Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika

Free Preview
  • Open Access
  • Provides a pathway for transforming Africa’s education curriculum
  • Demonstrates how Africa can leverage indigenous knowledge to spark much needed creativity and innovation across the continent 
  • Offers a much-needed roadmap for growth via education in Africa in a way that is appealing to academics and practitioners alike
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-981-13-6635-2
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-6634-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

This open access book presents a strong philosophical, theoretical and practical argument for the mainstreaming of indigenous knowledge in curricula development, and in teaching and learning across the African continent.  Since the dawn of political independence in Africa, there has been an ongoing search for the kind of education that will create a class of principled and innovative citizens who are sensitive to and committed to the needs of the continent.  When indigenous or environment-generated knowledge forms the basis of learning in classrooms, learners are able to immediately connect their education with their lived reality. The result is much introspection, creativity and innovation across fields, sectors and disciplines, leading to societal transformation. Drawing on several theoretical assertions, examples from a wide range of disciplines, and experiences gathered from different continents at different points in history, the book establishes that for education to trigger the necessary transformation in Africa, it should be constructed on a strong foundation of learners’ indigenous knowledge.

The book presents a distinct and uncharted pathway for Africa to advance sustainably through home-grown and grassroots based ideas, leading to advances in science and technology, growth of indigenous African business and the transformation of Africans into conscious and active participants in the continent’s progress. Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa is of interest to educators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, researchers and individuals engaged in finding sustainable and strategic solutions to regional and global advancement.

About the authors

Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu is a researcher, teacher, non-fiction and fiction writer, and a well-known intellectual who holds a Ph.D. in African Development and Policy Studies from Howard University in Washington D.C. At the core of Chika’s research interests is the multidisciplinary exploration of indigenous knowledge, and homegrown and grassroots-based approaches to the sustainable advancement of Africa. In this context, Chika’s interests extend further to education, specifically curricula as central to indigenous knowledge research development. Chika has published numerous academic articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and short essays, and has also produced documentary films.
Chika has conducted research on indigenous knowledge and homegrown approaches to sub-Saharan Africa’s growth for such organizations as the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), International Development Research Center (IDRC) Canada and the African Economic Research Consortium.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Curriculum in Africa

    Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika

    Pages 1-10

  • The Case for an Indigenous Knowledge Based Curriculum

    Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika

    Pages 11-20

  • A Faulty Foundation: Historical Origins of Formal Education Curriculum in Africa

    Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika

    Pages 21-41

  • Contemporary Education Curriculum in Africa

    Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika

    Pages 43-53

  • Africa’s Indigenous Knowledge: From Education to Practice

    Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika

    Pages 55-80

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-981-13-6635-2
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-6634-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa
Authors
Series Title
Frontiers in African Business Research
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-6635-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-6635-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-6634-5
Series ISSN
2367-1033
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 115
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
Topics