© 2005

Issues in African Education

Sociological Perspectives

  • Ali A. Abdi
  • Ailie Cleghorn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Theoretical Foundations

  3. Culture, Language, and the Curriculum

  4. Gender and Equity Issues in Education

  5. Education and Change

About this book


This book addresses major sociological issues in sub-Saharan African education today. Its fourteen contributors present a thoroughly African world-view within a sociology of education theoretical framework, allowing the reader to see where that theory is relevant to the African context and where it is not. Several of the chapters bring a much-needed cultural nuance and critical theoretical perspective to the issues at hand. The sixteen chapters thus aim to be of interest internationally, to those who work in such fields as social and political foundations of comparative and international education, and development studies, including university professors, teacher educators, researchers, school teachers, tertiary education students, consultants and policy makers.


Africa culture education gender Institution Nation organization philosophy school organization sociology sociology of education teacher education technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Ali A. Abdi
    • 1
  • Ailie Cleghorn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational Policy StudiesUniversity of AlbertaCanada
  2. 2.Department of EducationConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

About the editors

ALI A.ABDI is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

AILIE CLEGHORN is Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Bibliographic information


"This well-crafted anthology provides us with rich material to stretch our thinking, concerning Sociology of Education, beyond the customary Eurocentric framework. It is comprehensive in scope, covering a variety of issues relevant to the educational scene in sub-Saharan Africa. The volume draws on the work of emerging and well established writers who focus on different areas that feature in the educational debate in Africa: inclusive education, school curricula, higher education, gender and equity, colonial and anti-colonial education, and African educational philosophies. It is a boon for scholars engaged not only in sociology of education but also in Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Curriculum Studies, Comparative Education, Social Theory and Philosophy of Education." - Peter Mayo, University of Malta, author of Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education and Liberating Praxis.

"Issues in African Education takes the standard sociology of education and then offers an African critique. Not in the last thirty years has there been a text that addresses this important topic, and this volume is a most useful addition." - Dr. W. Stephen Howard, Ohio University