Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/26288
Title: Multigrade pedagogies: Africa's response to Education for All
Contributor(s): Kivunja, Charles (author)orcid ; Sims, Margaret (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/26288
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: Oxon, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781138485211
9781138485204
9780429491498
Field of Research (FOR): 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
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Other Links: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1046070268
www.routledge.com/education
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School of Education

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