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Title: Multigrade pedagogies: Africa's response to Education for All
Contributor(s): Kivunja, Charles  (author)orcid ; Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019
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Abstract: In the ‘Scramble for Africa’ some 250 years ago, colonial powers trans planted their education systems to their newly acquired territories. These systems positioned ‘mono grade’ teaching as the ‘gold standard’ of instruction in schools, where one teacher instructs a class of same-age pupils. Learning theories of the time described children’s knowledge development as a sequence of age-linked steps. Grouping pupils of several ages and grade levels, to study different curricula in classes taught by a single teacher, was not considered an effective approach to teaching and learning. Today, this type of grouping is known as ‘multigrade’ or mixed-age teaching. Theories of children’s learning have evolved significantly since the African colonial period, yet there is still a widespread perception that monograde teaching is superior to multigrade teaching. In this chapter, the authors use findings from their research in Uganda and Zambia, together with existing literature, to argue that multigrade pedagogy is the only way African nations can meet the challenges of Education for All children.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Learning and Teaching Around the World: Comparative and International Studies in Primary Education, p. 28-36
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781138485211
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390107 Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390304 Primary education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930103 Learner Development
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160302 Pedagogy
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): Kimberly Safford and Liz Chamberlain
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