Exploring Cultural Worldviews through African Canadians’ Lifelong Learning Experiences: Implications for Lifelong Learning Educators and Post-secondary Education Institutions

By Sylvia Parris and Susan Mary Brigham.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper is based on empirical research. Firstly we discuss the historical context of African Canadians’ lifelong learning experiences within the province of Nova Scotia. We then draw on critical race theory and the stories of the African Canadian graduates of a Master of Education degree program, which focuses on Afrocentric Leadership, to examine the impact this program has had on individuals and communities.We draw upon Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the theory of Afrocentricity, to analyze the emerging themes in the research data. Using the research data we present a male and female composite narrative and conclude with implications for lifelong learning contexts.

Keywords: African Canadian, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Worldviews, Afrocentricity, Lifelong Learning, Higher Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.207-216. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 603.611KB).

Sylvia Parris

Instructor, Researcher, Department of Education, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Research interests include Afrocentricity, leadership, adult education, African Canadian women’s experiences in school boards and government, policy, critical race theory and womanism.

Dr. Susan Mary Brigham

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

My research interests include adult education, lifelong learning, diversity issues in lifelong learning contexts, teacher education, female migration labour issues, post colonial feminist, Afrocentricity, and transformative learning.


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