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The Changing face of Colonial Education in Africa
Education, Science and Development

ISBN 9780367432195
Published March 4, 2020 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

The Changing Landscape of Colonial Education in Africa offers a detailed and nuanced perspective of colonial history, based on fifteen years of research, that throws fresh light on the complexities of African history and the colonial world of the first half of the twentieth century. It provides an analytical background to history of education in the colonial context by balancing contributions by missionary agencies, colonial government, humanitarian agencies, and scientific experts.

The book offers a foundation for the analysis of modern educational policy for the post-colonial state. It attempts to move beyond clichés about colonial education to an understanding of the complexities of how educational policy was developed in different places at different times while giving credence to arguments which see schooling as a form of social control in the colonial environment.

The book will be essential reading for academics, researchers and policy makers looking to better understand colonial education and contextualise modern developments related to the decolonising African education. It is intended to provide an essential background for policy makers by demonstrating the significance of a historical perspective for an understanding of contemporary educational challenges in Africa and elsewhere.



Table of Contents


Preface by William Beinart

INTRODUCTION: Overview of the project

Ch. 1 The International Missionary Council (IMC)

and Education in Colonial Africa

(earlier version published in History of Education, 38(2)(2009):217-46.)

Ch 2 Policy and Conference networks that shaped

education policy (Conference litmus NRF)

(first published in Kim Tolley (ed.) Transformations in Schooling:

Historical and Comparative Perspectives (New York: Palgrave/

Macmillan, 2007): 123-149.

Ch 3 Welfare and Education in late colonial Africa

(earlier version published in History of Education


And in Paedagogica Historica, 41(3)(2005):337-356,

Ch. 4 Science, Anthropology and Policy in the Field of

Colonial Education

(first published in Paedagogica Historica,48(3)(2012):411-430.

Ch. 5 Diedrich Westermann and The International

Institute of African Languages and Culture:

Science and Policy Development in Britain

and Germany in the period 1926 to 1945

(first published in JICH 5(6)(2016): 871-893.

Ch. 6 Donald M’Timkulu : South African educationalist

in the Age of Segregation and Apartheid:

professionalism, activism and exile (unpublished)

Ch.7 The Modernization of Tradition? isiXhosa Language

Education and School History: 1920-1948:

The Ambiguities of Orthographic Reform in the work

of Samuel Mqhayi, William Bennie and

Diedrich Westermann (unpublished)



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Peter Kallaway is professor emeritus at University of the Western Cape. He also an honorary Research Associate at University of Cape Town, South Africa.


"Peter Kallaway's new work is a superb evocation of the cultures of colonial education, persuasively assessing their impact on policies and lives in our own time, and demanding the attention not only of colonial historians of Africa, but of educators worldwide."

Gary McCulloch, Brian Simon Professor of History of Education, UCL Institute of Education, London.