Institutionalizing the intangible through research and engagement: indigenous knowledge and higher education for sustainable development in Zambia

Mbah, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-4199-0819, Johnson, A.T. and Chipindi, F.M., 2021. Institutionalizing the intangible through research and engagement: indigenous knowledge and higher education for sustainable development in Zambia. International Journal of Educational Development, 82: 102355. ISSN 0738-0593

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Abstract

Universities have an integral role in the development of communities. This is underpinned by the notion that universities possess a social responsibility to be agents of change in relation to society’s socio-economic, political, and environmental issues. In Africa, the quest for sustainable development necessarily engages a consideration of the different forms of knowledge available. This is as a result of the rich and varied patterns of beliefs, behaviour, and values that permeate the continent and have persisted despite colonialism. In this paper, we assert that there is much to be gained from engaging Indigenous knowledge through scholarship and public responsibility. Through a qualitative case study design based on relational dialogues with academic researchers and university managers, we emphasize the attributes associated with constructing and acting upon Indigenous knowledge at one university in Zambia and the ways in which Indigenous knowledge can contribute to sustainable development through a community engagement remit. This work also seeks to centre African research and researchers in the discourse on higher education in Africa.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Educational Development
Creators: Mbah, M., Johnson, A.T. and Chipindi, F.M.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: April 2021
Volume: 82
ISSN: 0738-0593
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.ijedudev.2021.102355DOI
S0738059321000080Publisher Item Identifier
1433451Other
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Institute of Education
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 28 Apr 2021 17:01
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 08:27
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42773

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