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Title: Demystifying the Misperceptions and Realities about the Efficacy of Monograde and Multigrade Pedagogies: Africa's Response to Globalisation in Education
Contributor(s): Kivunja, Charles  (author)orcid ; Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: Following the 'Scramble for Africa' some 250 years ago, the colonial masters transplanted their education system to their newly acquired territories in Africa. This system positioned mono grade teaching as the gold standard of instruction in schools. That strategy was used, partly because the colonial missionaries were familiar with it and partly because educators believed that children's learning progressed through a series of steps that were linked to age. Because learning theories of the time linked learning to age, educators believed that grouping pupils of several grade levels and across the age span and studying different curricula in classes taught by a single teacher was a less effective approach to teaching and learning. This type of grouping is what is generally referred to as 'multigrade teaching' which Berry (2010) defines as 'teaching which occurs within a graded system of education when a single class contains two or more student grade levels' (p. 1) (that are) 'taught by one educator ... during one timetabled period usually in the same classroom' (Pridmore, 2007, p. 16).
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Africa in the Age of Globalisation: Perceptions, Misperceptions and Realities, p. 203-217
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
Place of Publication: Farnham, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781472436696
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130103 Higher Education
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930201 Pedagogy
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160302 Pedagogy
160303 Teacher and instructor development
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): Edward Shizha and Lamine Diallo
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