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Culturally Responsive Education

Reflections from the Global South and North, 1st Edition

Edited by Elina Lehtomäki, Hille Janhonen-Abruquah, George Kahangwa


208 pages

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Culturally Responsive Education: Reflections from the Global South and North examines culturally responsive education’s contribution to sustainable development and explores ways in which educational practitioners respond to cultures in and around educational contexts.

This book argues that cultural responsiveness in education is invaluable for sustainability in and throughout education, and explores methods with which to deepen the understanding of the values and intercultural dialogue constantly present in education. Using a number of international and multidisciplinary studies, the authors offer a novel perspective on to the consideration of diversity throughout education and provide a valuable contribution to the ongoing global and national debate surrounding the UN Sustainable Development Goal initiative.

With a focus on collaboration, this edited volume is vital reading for scholars, teachers and students of education, sociology, and development studies as well as education professionals. The book will also be of interest to education policy -makers and international and non-governmental organizations.

Table of Contents

Series Introduction (Joost Dessein and Katriina Soini)

Introduction: What is Culturally Responsive Education? (Hille Janhonen-Abruquah, Elina Lehtomäki and George Kahangwa)

Part A: School Contexts

Implementing the Language of Instruction Policy in a Complex Linguistic Context in Ghana

(Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, Christopher Yaw Kwaah and Christine Adu-Yeboah)

Incorporating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in ICT in Education in Kenyan Primary Schools (Suzanne Adhiambo Puhakka)

Reflections on North-South Collaboration in Music Education (Sanna Salminen, Pekka Toivanen, Jaana Virkkala, Sampo Hankama and Jaana Vahermaa)

Part B: Teacher Education Contexts

Towards Contextual Understanding of Gender: Teacher students’ views on home economics education and gender in Ghana and Finland (Hille Janhonen-Abruquah, Hanna Posti-Ahokas, Hannah Edjah and Mona Amu)

Teacher Professional Development through Open Distance Learning: Introducing a new learning culture (Agnes Mohlakhwana and Ruth Aluko)

Dialogues on Culture(s) of Inclusion between African and Finnish Educators (William Nketsia, Said Juma, Abebe Yehualawork Malle, Raija Pirttimaa and Elina Lehtomäki)

Part C: Education in Societal Contexts

Educational Leaders’ Views on Economically-disadvantaged Families’ Beliefs regarding the Relevance of Primary and Secondary Schooling in Tanzania (Aneth Komba)

Motives and Motivations for Mature Women’s Participation in Higher Education in Ghana

(Christine Adu-Yeboah)

Developing Knowledge-Based Economy through Education in the Global South: Whose Model and Culture Matters? (George Kahangwa)



Part D: Culturally Responsive Researcher

Narrative Writing: Creating possibilities for accountability and understanding across cultures (Mona Saleh Alsudis and Venitha Pillay)

Culturally Responsive Qualitative Research: Issues and ethics (Gunilla Holm and Elina Lehtomäki)



Päivi Palojoki, University of Helsinki

About the Editors

Elina Lehtomäki is Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Education, University of Jyväskylä, and Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Education Sciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Hille Janhonen-Abruquah is a Lecturer inat the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

George Leonard Kahangwa is a Lecturer in Educational Management and Policy Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development

Culture as an aspect of sustainability is a relatively new phenomenon but is beginning to attract attention among scholars and policy makers. This series opens up a forum for debate about the role of culture in sustainable development, treating culture and sustainability as a meta-narrative that will bring together diverse disciplines. Key questions explored in this series will include: how should culture be applied in sustainability policies; what should be sustained in culture; what should culture sustain; and what is the relationship of culture to other dimensions of sustainability?

Books in the series will have a variety of geographical foci and reflect different disciplinary approaches (for example geography, sociology, sustainability science, environmental and political sciences, anthropology, history, archaeology and planning). The series will be addressed in particular to postgraduate students and researchers from a wide cross-section of disciplines.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]).

Series Editors:

Katriina Soini, University of Helsinki and Natural Resources Institute Finland

Joost Dessein, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) and Ghent University, Belgium

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education