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Title: The planning and provision of teacher education in Rhodesia 1923-1953
Author: Njini, K. S.
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
Date of Award: 1980
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This thesis is an analysis of the role played by the Rhodesian Government and the missionaries in the provision of teacher education and an assessment of the extent to which that provision was adequate for the needs of the African primary school system. It involves a detailed examination of the complex factors which influenced the rate of development of African education in general and teacher education in particular. Here the interplay of actions by the Government, officials within Government, different groups within the European settler community, missionary societies and the Africans is considered and evaluated in the light of the country's historical, constitutional, political and economic background. Britain's inability to influence events in favour of the Africans according to her trusteeship obligations, in spite of her having reserved to herself considerable powers over Rhodesia in the 1923 Constitution, is assessed in detail. The research is not a study in comparative education, its scope being limited to the planning and provision of teacher education in a single country. The only comparison made throughout the study concerns the provision of European education and incidental reference is made to education in Britain and other British colonies only for the sake of illuminating the issues involved. The hypothesis advanced is that it was not lack of financial resources and expertise that impeded the provision and development of African education but the policies pursued by successive elected Rhodesian Governments after gaining self-governing status in 1923. The basic tenet of these policies was to safeguard and maintain the paramountcy of the European community. Educational policies were therefore framed and implemented with this fundamental objective in mind.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History History Education