What is it about?

Earlier chapters in this collection display a variety of African contexts and reflexive evidence of the authors’ African cultural roots. Exploration of factors influencing the pattern of human development has begun to document the potential of indigenous African cultures as a fund of resources for enhancing child development. Priority topics for future research include multilingualism, musical performance, socially distributed caregiving, and the relation between adolescence and economic activity. Application of research-based principles to service delivery in the fields of community-based (re)habilitation and early childhood care and education calls for researcher collaboration with practitioners

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Why is it important?

Research on child development in Africa has been dominated in the past by expatriate visitors. The research presented in this volume was all conducted by indigenous African scholars within their own societies, where they are committed to supporting social progress.

Perspectives

I hope this volume will inspire other African scholars to conduct rigorous research on child development taking into account the particular conditions of the societies in which they live and focusing on how the knowledge they generate can make a positive difference to the lives of the next generation of African children.

Professor Robert Serpell
University of Zambia

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This page is a summary of: Some Growth Points in African Child Development Research, New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, December 2014, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/cad.20075.
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