Peshkin, Alan. Kanuri schoolchildren; education and social mobilization in Nigeria

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Kanuri schoolchildren; education and social mobilization in Nigeria

Published By: Original publisher New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.. 1972. xviii, 156 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Alan Peshkin

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Kanuri (MS14)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Life history materials (159); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Daily routine (512); Education (870);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a study of the affect of western education on Kanuri schoolchildren in order to understand the role of education in Nigeria's social change. The research is based on a one-month intensive observation by twelve native research assistants--all normal school students--of two rural and two urban primary school children. The material is presented as a composite 'day-in-the-life' of each child. The study is rich in day-to-day interactions and conversations between schoolchildren, and between schoolchildren and their siblings, parents and teachers. Peshkin observes that parents are ambivalent about Western education, which provides a route for social mobility, but undermines traditional forms of authority. He also notes that the curriculum itself may not offer a clear map to Nigeria's future, but school nevertheless creates possible agents for social change by dislodging students from the traditional way of life.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 7

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ms14-007

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-156)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document April 1966

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Social scientist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 1996

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1966

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Borno State, Nigeria

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Kanuri (African people)


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