What is it about?
Early research on child development in Africa was dominated by expatriates and was mainly designed to test whether theories developed in the West are universally valid. As African researchers begin to take the lead in setting the agenda for the study of child development in Africa, more emphasis is placed on relevance and practical usefulness. This involves making developmental psychology intelligible to local audiences. A major challenge is this context is the enduring dominance of former colonial languages in education and research schooling. The way forward involves greater attention to indigenous culture.
Why is it important?
Policymakers in Africa tend to look to the West for guidelines on how to conduct research. But the main stakeholders of child development are parents many of whom live by cultural standards that differ from those of the West. Indigenous African researchers are in a unique position to bridge that gap.
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This page is a summary of: Some Long-Standing and Emerging Research Lines in Africa, New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, December 2014, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/cad.20070.
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