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Critically Researching Youth

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Edited By Shirley R. Steinberg and Awad Ibrahim

Critically Researching Youth addresses the unique possibilities and contexts involved in deepening a discourse around youth. Authors address both social theoretical and methodological approaches as they delve into a contemporary discipline, which supports research with – not on – young adults. This volume is a refreshing change in the literature on qualitative youth, embodying the understanding of what it means to be a young woman or man. It dismisses any consideration to pathologize youth, instead addressing what society can understand and how we can act in order to support and promote them.
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Chapter 12. The Schooling of African Youth in Ontario Schools: What Have Indigenous African Proverbs Got to Do With It?

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THE SCHOOLING OF AFRICAN YOUTH IN ONTARIO SCHOOLS

What Have Indigenous African Proverbs Got to Do With It?

George J. Sefa Dei [Nana Sefa Atweneboah I]

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank the many Ghanaian, Nigerian, Kenyan, and Canadian local research assistants and consultants, students, parents, and elders who have in various degrees assisted in the cause of this longitudinal SSHRC-funded research. In Nigeria, there is Lateef Layiwola, Joy Odewumi, Chinyere Eze, Provost Hakeem Olato Kunbo Ajose-Adeogun, Tola Olajuwon, Dr. A. O. K. Noah, not to mention the many students and educators at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education in Otto/Ijanikin, Lagos State, and the Lagos State University, Lagos. In Kenya, mention can be made of Samuel Njagi, Grace Makumi, Moodley Phylis, students and educators at Eggerton University, Ngoro, Nakuru and the University of Nairobi, Gichugu Primary School, Kandori Youth Polytechnic in the Embu area, Kenya. In Ghana, special thanks to Anane Boamah, Osei Poku, Kate Araba Stevens, Daniel Ampaw, Ebenezer Aggrey, Paa Nii, Alfred Agyarko, Professor Kola Raheem, and the many students, educators at local universities and parents and elders who generously gave their time and expertise to ensure the success of the field study. At the University of Toronto in Canada, contributions from Dr. Paul Adjei, Dr. Lindsay Kerr, Harriet Akanmori, Jennifer Jaguire, Isaac ← 205 | 206 → Darko, Yumiko Kawano, Jadie McDonnell, Dr. Bathseba Opini, Shaista Patel, Mini Tharakkal, and Michael Nwalutu have all been...

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