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Research and scholarship in adult and continuing education in Africa

Oduaran, Akpovire

Abstract:
This chapter attempts to examine the terrain of research and scholarship in adult and continuing education in Africa.  Research and scholarship is paramount to the growth of any discipline, nation as well as organisation.  How well any discipline will become relevant and worthy of attention should depend, to a large extent, on the quantity and quality of its research and scholarship.  In 1994, the researchers, scholars and practitioners meeting in Montreal, Canada under the auspices of the UNESCO institute for Education emphasized the important role research must and should play in advancing the frontiers of adult and continuing education in the world.  Part of the objectives expressed at that meeting was the desire to ensure that research and scholarship in adult and continuing education is injected into the improvement and resolution of problems, progress and development in Africa. The author claims that before and after 1995, the communication gap between researchers, scholars and practitioners from the Portuguese, French and Arabic-speaking blocs in Africa has still remained.  He maintains, however, that it is still possible to attempt an analysis of the state of research and scholarship in adult and continuing education in Africa.  The valuable analysis of the state of research and scholarship in this discipline must be systematically done. Hence, the author specifies the approach and direction adopted in exploring the field. The author concludes with a discussion on the problems facing research and scholarship in Africa. 

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Chapter Title: Research and scholarship in adult and continuing education in Africa
Book Title: The state of adult and continuing education in Africa
Edited by: Sabo A. Indabawa, Akpovire Oduaran, Tai Afrik, Shirley Walters
City: Windhoek, Namibia
Publisher: Department of Adult and Nonformal Education, University of Namibia.
No. of Pages: 31-48


Date:2000
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Research, Literature Review, Adult education, Continuing Education


File Size:101 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the editors.
Date Added:14 August 2007


Oduaran, Akpovire (2000). Research and scholarship in adult and continuing education in Africa. In Sabo A. Indabawa, Akpovire Oduaran, Tai Afrik, Shirley Walters (eds), The state of adult and continuing education in Africa Windhoek, Namibia: Department of Adult and Nonformal Education, University of Namibia, 31-47.