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Educational development and knowledge flow: local and global forces in human development in Africa

Nsamenang, Bame, A.

Abstract:
Both local and global forces impact on educational and human development. This disrupts Africa’s capacity to own, generate, and share knowledge. A disorganizing hybridism between African, Eastern and Western heritages exacerbates the difficulty. A social Darwinian perspective disparages but exploits Africanity.  Furthermore, no extant theory captures the complex braids of Africanity, which tend to be reduced to evolutionary templates, therein trivializing them and misguiding interventions. We offer the concepts of a learning posture and a diversity paradigm as discovery constructs to bring Africa’s hidden knowledge out of the traditional closet; into synergy with new technologies and into application for competency building for local knowledge generation and development.  The author maintains that the international community should respect the people of Africa and that Europe should be more tolerant of "differentness". 

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Document Title: Educational development and knowledge flow: local and global forces in human development in Africa
Journal: Higher Education Policy
Volume: 18
Issue: 1
No. of Pages: 275-288


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Educational Development, Knowledge Distribution, Knowledge Production, Globalisation


File Size:120 KB
Rights:Paper was accessed at doi:10.1057/palgrave.hep.8300090
Date Added:16 January 2008


Nsamenang, Bame, A. (2005). Educational development and knowledge flow: local and global forces in human development in Africa, Higher Education Policy 18: 275-288