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Community based research in Africa: Implications for education

J P Castiano


The article explores the roots of Community-Based-Research (CBR) in Africa. The main questions are: How to access the knowledge produced and circulated within communities and make them subject of teaching in schools? Can we derive methodological questions that could be related specifically to the African context from the CBR as it is being implemented? The exposition of these questions is illustrated with examples focused on
education. Mozambique is used as an example to discuss the possibility of merging local
and universal knowledge through community based research which informs curricula
changes in primary schools.

Keywords:Community-based-research, local knowledge, universal knowledge discourse, oral tradition

Indilinga Vol. 5 (2) 2006: pp. 108-124