The Challenge of Educational Innovation and National Development in Southern Africa

The Challenge of Educational Innovation and National Development in Southern Africa

by Dickson A. Mungazi
     
 

This study shows that the problems of national development in Southern Africa (that part of Africa south of the Equator) are caused primarily by the absence of educational innovation. The steady decline of the economy, political conflict, and social disintegration are intimately related to the lack of innovation in education. The book begins by discussing the

Overview

This study shows that the problems of national development in Southern Africa (that part of Africa south of the Equator) are caused primarily by the absence of educational innovation. The steady decline of the economy, political conflict, and social disintegration are intimately related to the lack of innovation in education. The book begins by discussing the problems of contemporary Southern Africa as a legacy of the policies defined and pursued by the colonial governments. The unwillingness of the colonial governments to operate by democratic principles influenced their replacements, African leaders, who found it politically expedient to perpetuate this practice. This created the enormous problems that Southern Africa now faces. Educational innovation would help to resolve these problems.

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«This study fills a major gap in the scholarly literature on Africa and, as one expects from his previous books, 'Colonial Policy and Conflict in Zimbabwe' and 'The Struggle for Social Change in Southern Africa', Professor Mungazi has again produced a thorough and perceptive study on Southern Africa.» (Ralph H. Salmi, California State University)
«Dr. Mungazi's account of education in Southern Africa is as topical and as current as Nelson Mandela's search with F. W. de Klerk for a partnership, including an educational partnership, to bring about a democratic South Africa. It is a striking, must-read book for scholars on Africa and its political and educational directions.» (Franklin Parker, Western Carolina University)
«Professor Mungazi's grounded understanding of the importance of social and educational policy in Southern Africa provides a binocular vision, from the insider to the outside world. The determination of his vision stands as a model of hopefulness for all.» (Arnold Danzig, Northern Arizona University)
«Dr. Mungazi's work is an important historical perspective on how educational innovation parallels the more general growth of national development in Southern Africa. His careful scholarship also provides a meaningful framework for how educational innovation and national development may support each other in the future. 'The Challenge of Educational Innovation and National Development in Southern Africa' should be read by all scholars interested in African education.» (Sam Minner, Northern Arizona University)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820417134
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1992
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 14: Education, #36
Pages:
200

Meet the Author

The Author: Dickson A. Mungazi is Professor of Educational Foundations and History of Southern Africa at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. His life and education were greatly influenced by his parents and grandfather, a Methodist lay preacher who considered it a family obligation for his children and grandchildren to go to school and receive good grades. After receiving his B.A. from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1964, Dr. Mungazi returned to Zimbabwe to teach social studies at Hartzell Secondary School outside Mutare. He then studied for the University of London Certificate in Education through the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1966 to 1968. Dr. Mungazi returned to the U.S.A. to continue his education, receiving his M.A. in 1975 and his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on the problems of development in Africa. He and his wife, Della, have three children, Marcial, Alan, and Gaylord.

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