ISBN 9781920299293
Pages 418
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2008
Publisher African Minds Publishers, South Africa
Format Paperback

Some Developments in Research in Science and Mathematics in Sub-Saharan Africa

Access, Relevance, Learning, Curriculum Research

edited by Lorna Holtman, Cyril Julie, David KJ Mtetwa, Øyvind Mikalsen, Meshach Ogunniyi

Much attention in late-developing countries is given to providing access to studies which allow school leavers to enter science and technology-related careers. These programmes are driven by the belief that graduates will then substantially contribute to the developmental needs of their countries. But is providing access to institutions enough? Students in developing countries often come from school environments lacking in resources - human, physical and financial. This book, in a number of chapters, reviews research related to the crucial dimension of epistemological access to the disciplines of import, which students need as much as institutional access in order to improve their chances of success. A significant feature of this collection's research studies is that their empirical bases are highly localised, covering areas such as: research methods; access; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and the relevance of science and mathematics education in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Ghana and Lesotho. This volume provides invaluable insights and will be of relevance to researchers, policy makers and lecturers interested in these research outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the outcome of a doctoral research capacity-development project, the Graduate Studies in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (GRASSMATE).

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About the Editors

Lorna Holtman

Lorna Holtman is in the Biodiversty and Conservation Biology Department Science Faculty at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Cyril Julie

Cyril Julie is at Agder University College, Norway.

David KJ Mtetwa

David KJ Mtetwa is at the University of Zimbabwe.

Øyvind Mikalsen

Øyvind Mikalsen is in the Department of Chemistry at University of Bergen, Norway,

Meshach Ogunniyi

Meshach Ogunniyi Faculty of Education, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

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