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Teaching for Change: An African Philosophical Approach

Stellenbosch University via FutureLearn

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Overview

African philosophy of education has emerged as an educational challenge for many involved in contemporary education. In this course you’ll learn more about this philosophy, why it’s being examined, how it potentially responds to teaching and learning and what can be done to improve education in a just manner. Our focus on pedagogical encounters (more specifically teaching and learning) is one way in which we contend major problems on the continent can be resolved educationally.

Analysing African philosophy of education

To understand the nature of African philosophy education first we will examine its primary aspects: that is, interpreting its underlying philosophy of education. You’ll develop your critical capacities and skills as we explore these ideas and elucidate work from different African philosophers in relation to education. Our contention is that African philosophy of education has something to offer in order to resolve major problems on the continent.

Understanding and being responsive to the education from an African perspective

By using selected case studies and conceptual clarifications in relation to landmark events in recent African history, you’ll learn about how education in Africa currently unfolds in particular regarding the challenges that confront it. You’ll also get a sense of the problems the African continent faces and then how African philosophy of education can be used to respond to these problems.

Learning about achieving justice in Africa

African societies are often characterised by high levels of inequality, poverty, human suffering and inhumanity. In the final part of the course we’ll contemplate as to how these problems might be resolved with the application of different spheres of justice, namely, moral, compassionate and restorative - those educational aspects of justice that has emerged as significant action concepts to minimise and alleviate human contestation, insecurity and suffering.

There are no special requirements for this course but an interest in education, philosophy or Africa might be beneficial.

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Yusef Waghid

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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
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I took the course primarily to learn about ubuntu - a concept that I have been around since childhood but have almost no formal knowledge of it.

in that regard, the course delivered.

Where it feels like 4 weeks is too short is the application to education, there is obviously a lot more meat that would be great to deal with in a course setting. hopefully there is a part II.

Many useful readings are given but it would be a good idea if every week, there was a required article and discussion held around it, it works well on other courses; and adds a sense of depth to the topic.

Thank you very much
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4.0 2 years ago
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It is an interesting and challenging course. The consistency between theory and practice (in real life cases) is great. I learned a lot too (as a West European citizen) from life, thinking and doing and education in Africa from the comments of the other learners. I unreservedly can recommend this course, not in the least because of the intensive accompaniment by Professor Waghid.
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Anonymous
3.0 2 years ago
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It feels that this course presumed a lot of prior knowledge or thought about the topic. After all four weeks I am still not clear if I could explian an Africa Theory of Education or, indeed, say if there is anything uniquely or ubiquitously African. I sense that there are many African theories.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
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I found the course really interesting because it provided me with an insight on African Philosophy of Education and because it stimulated my thinking and reasoning in order to apply what learnt in the course to concrete educational situations.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
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This course was thought provoking and made me aware of a pragmatic African educational philosophy that created a different perspective on issues related to identity, culture, ethical pedagogical practice and use and abuse of power.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
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It was an interesting course. I recommend it. It was challenging and thought provoking. The course drew on examples from real life and provided a basis to apply it in real life.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic course, well presented! Love the case study approach. Perfectly paced, I really hope that there is a follow up to this course! Thank you!
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Raynar R
4.0 2 years ago
by Raynar completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I really enjoyed this course. Some of the ideas raised were challenging and I related to an Ubuntu ideology a lot. I feel that using this in my own practice is extremely possible, however the course was strictly concerned with problems in Africa and I did not feel sure whether this philosophy could be used to combat Global problems or if it was exclusive to problems that exist on the continent of Africa.

That being said, I took a lot from it and will continue my research on the philosophy and some of the case studies and issues raised.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 years ago
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The interface was different to other MOOC interfaces I've used and took a bit of getting used to. The course material was engaging, however, and the feedback from the lead educator was timeous and enlightening. Interaction with other learners was also valuable. I have previously done more "skills" oriented courses, this was the first "philosophical" course I've done online and I really appreciated it. Thanks
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5.0 2 years ago
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I have really enjoyed the summary at the end of each week and how professor was discussing a few questions that he thought was relevant and was raised in the comments. His knowledge for the subject makes it easy to follow and I am really looking forward to reading other recommended materials on this course. Thank you
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5.0 2 years ago
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Great course! I enjoyed it and the teacher is the best! I learnt a lot about the teaching for change!
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