Does the Village Still Raise the Child?: A Collaborative Study of Changing Child-Rearing and Early Education in Kenya

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SUNY Press, Sep 22, 2000 - Education - 322 pages
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Examining the degree to which Kenyan children are still communally raised, this book presents findings from a national collaborative study considering the impacts of rapid social, economic, and cultural change on child-rearing and early education in Kenya. The narratives of over 460 parents, grandparents, preschool teachers, children, and community leaders provide unique insights on the impacts of neo-colonial policies, development practices, and national austerity measures on everyday lives of families.
A unique aspect of this book is that it decolonizes research through sustained collaboration on all aspects of the study, from design and interview protocol development, to data collection and analysis, through dissemination. This book becomes, then, an invaluable model, for how to do thoughtful, collaborative, comparative research."
 

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Contents

Decolonizing Research Deconstructing Change
xiii
Multiple Contexts for the Study
11
Multiple Contexts for the Study
13
Childrearing and Early Education in a Changing Kenya
15
A Collaborative Study
33
Traditional Communities in Transition Narok and Samburu
43
Narok and Samburu
45
Narok District It Takes Grandmothers to Raise a Maasai Child
47
Embu District It Takes Traditions and Intergenerational Support to Raise a Child
169
Machakos District It Takes Preschool Teachers As Health Workers to Raise a Child
191
UrbanHigh Population Density Nairobi and Kisumu
211
Nairobi and Kisumu
213
Nairobi It Takes Money and Partners to Raise a Child
217
Kisumu Municipality It Takes Ayahs and Preschools to Raise a Child
237
Conclusions Recommendations and Reflections
261
Making Meaning Does the Village Still Raise the Child?
263

Samburu District It Takes a Clan to Raise a Child
77
Tea and Coffee Plantations Kericho and Kiambu
105
Kericho and Kiambu
107
Kericho Tea Estates It Takes Child Care Centers and Older Siblings to Raise a Child
111
Kiambu Coffee and Tea Estates It Takes a Weighing Station and Supportive Manager to Raise a Child
139
RuralAgricultural Contexts Embu and Machakos
165
Embu and Machakos
167
Appendix A List of Local Collaborators
291
Appendix B Research Questions
293
Research Methodology and Description of Procedures
295
References
305
Index
311
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Beth Blue Swadener is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Kent State University and the coeditor (with Sally Lubeck) of Children and Families "At Promise": Deconstructing the Discourse of Risk, also published by SUNY Press, and coeditor (with Shirley A. Kessler) of Reconceptualizing the Early Childhood Curriculum: Beginning the Dialogue.

Margaret Kabiru is Director of the Mwana Mwende Child Development Trust in Nairobi, and Anne Njenga is Lecturer of Early Childhood Education at Kenyatta University in Nairobi.

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