Perspectives on Empowering Education


Francis Ebenezer Godwyll, PhD (Editor)
School Counseling and Sport Management, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA

Peter Chrisanthus Otiato Ojiambo, PhD (Editor)
Department of African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA

Paul Kobina Annan Bedu-Addo, PhD (Editor)
Department of Psychology and Education, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU003000

Collectively, the works in this book speak strongly and eloquently to the intersections of two oft-used but often misunderstood constructs: education and empowerment. The perspectives presented here construe education broadly and variously to encompass the educative potentiality of individuals, families, communities, and institutions; paralleling that approach, the authors’ engagement with empowerment highlights and illustrates the multivalence of that construct as it is represented in varied extant literatures and academic disciplines.

The editors recognize and honor such richness and nuance, and have done a masterful job of bringing together a diverse set of scholarly voices with a shared set of commitments to unpack and reflect on what is for many of us the central purpose of any kind of educational endeavor. There is much work to be done if we are to harness the potential of education for empowerment; this book elucidates the nature and scope of that work, and moves forward a dialogue about the roles that we all must play. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Ed.D.

Francis Ebenezer Godwyll, Ph.D.


Part I. Empowering Education

Chapter 1 – The State of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kano Metropolis in Nigeria (pp. 3-16)
Mustapha H. Kurfi (African Studies Center, Boston University, Massachusetts, US)

Chapter 2 – Empowering Education from the Perspective of a Language Classroom (pp. 17-30)
Ngan Nguyen, Ph.D. and Francis Ebenezer Godwyll, Ph.D. (Nha Trang University, Vietnam and others)

Chapter 3 – Equity in Special Education: A Critical Analysis of the Disproportionate Representation of Ethnically and Culturally Diverse Students in Special Education (pp. 31-52)
Stacey Steggert and Judy Stahlman, Ph.D. (Cleveland State University Ohio, US)

Chapter 4 – The Need for a Multicultural Education Stimulus Package: From Colonialism to Obama (pp. 53-68)
Stephanie Sanders, Ph.D. (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, US)

Chapter 5 – Can You See Me? The Necessity for an Afrocentric Education (pp. 69-90)
Debra D. Rayford, Ph.D. (Private Education Consultant, Cincinnati, Ohio, US)

Chapter 6 – Empowerment Brewed in the African Pot: A Concoction of the Old and New (pp. 91-110)
Peter Chrisanthus Otiato Ojiambo, Ph.D. and Francis Ebenezer Godwyll, Ph.D. (Department of African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas, Kansas, US and others)

Chapter 7 – Technology and Empowerment: Social Impact Analysis (pp. 111-126)
Shani Salifu, Ph.D. (Concord University, Athens, West Virginia, US)

Part II. Case Studies of Empowering Spaces

Chapter 8 – Moving Policy towards Place-Based Education in Ghana: Using Artistic Forms and Indigenous Knowledge Systems As Empowering Paradigms (pp. 129-148)
Alex J. Wilson, Ph.D. and Francis Ebenezer Godwyll, Ph.D. (Department of African Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana and others)

Chapter 9 – Civil Society Construction in Uzbekistan: When Ideologies and Interests Compete and Collude (pp. 149-174)
Mohira Kurbanova, Ph.D. (Eurasia Foundation, Washington DC, US)

Chapter 10 – Making Schools Democratic and Empowering Public Spheres: Starehe Boys Centre and School, Kenya, ―Baraza‖ System (pp. 175-190)
Peter Chrisanthus Otiato Ojiambo, Ph.D. (Department of African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas, Kansas, US)

Chapter 11 – Enhancing Democracy Through Education for Empowerment: A Reality Check for Kenya (pp. 190-208)
Elizabeth Ngumbi (College of Education, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya)

Chapter 12 – Work-Family Interference: Perceptions from Professional Ghanaian Women (pp. 209-228)
Paul Kobina Annan Bedu-Addo, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology and Education, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)

Chapter 13 – Somali Community Education Empowerment in North America (pp. 229-252)
Mohammed S. Osman (Teaching Faculty, Mogadishu University, Somalia)

Chapter 14 – The Six-Hour Retarded Child‖: An Analysis of Saudi Teacher Perspectives and Attitudes (pp. 253-278)
Nsreen A. Al-ahmadi (Special Education, King Abdul-Aziz University, Saudi Arabia)

Chapter 15 – Evolution of Women‘s Power in Education and Politics in Ghana (pp. 279-302)
Alex J. Wilson (Department of African Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana)

Chapter 16 – Talking Alternatives: Radio Talk Shows and Women Empowerment in Senegal (pp. 303-324)
Fanta Diamanka (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, US)


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