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African Curriculum Studies, Continental Overview

  • By: Lesley Le Grange
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Africa is the second largest continent in the world and comprises 53 individual countries. Although one might broadly identify historical periods (precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial) in Africa's history, developments during these periods differ when it comes to individual countries. This may explain why studies with a curriculum focus in Africa tend be to be country specific, focusing on developments at a particular moment in time, and often emphasizing a single dimension of the curriculum problem. It is not possible in an overview of African curriculum studies to refer to developments in each of the 53 countries, so this entry provides a general picture of the kinds of studies that focus on curriculum design and planning, acknowledging that there are limitations in referring to Africa in ...

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