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Research Projects in South Africa

The Potential for Elders' Cultural Knowledge to Contribute to a New Educational Futurity

Principal Investigator:
George Dei (OISE, University of Toronto)
International Partner:
Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST), University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
The study seeks to understand the nature, contexts, and role of the Elders in schools, their value and importance, and particular teachings and instructional strategies for Canadian and African education. How can educational institutions develop appropriate policy measures to incorporate Elders' knowledge in educational delivery? And, what can educators and schools learn from such a knowledge base to enhance educational outcomes for youth?
Locations of research:
South Africa
Toronto and Montreal, Canada