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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 23:27:55 +0200
From: Afec-Info <afec-info@...> (au lieu de Jean Grisel
CALL FOR BOOK PROPOSALS
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UNESCO and Pearson Education South Africa are co-publishing a new textbook
series entitled "AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES ON ADULT LEARNING".
The first five volumes in the Series are due in 2005 as follows:
* The Psychology of Adult Learning in Africa
* Foundations of Adult Education in Africa
* Research Methods for Adult Educators in Africa
* The Social Context of Adult Learning in Africa
* Developing Programmes for Adult Learners in Africa For more information on
these books visit:
The Textbook Series has been developed by a partnership between the Department
of Adult Education of the University of Botswana, the Institute for
International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association, and the
UNESCO Institute for Education and Pearson Education South Africa. The Series
Editorial Board includes representatives of the partners and academics from
across Africa. The project, which involves textbook production and writer
development, aims to have a positive impact on curricula in training programmes
for adult educators in Africa.
The purpose of the series is to provide accessible textbooks to students
studying adult education, especially at the Diploma and Bachelor's degree
level. Each book of between 200 and 250 pages in length is expected to present
an overview of the topic; to introduce appropriate theory; to provide
discussion and examples rooted in professional practice, actual policies and
empirical research; and to indicate further areas of inquiry and reading. A key
principle is that the textbooks will reflect African social realities,
theoretical and cultural perspectives, policies and modes of practice.
The Series Editorial Board now invites the submission of Book Proposals for the
following two new
titles, as follows: · The Management of Adult Education in Africa
· The History of Adult Education in Africa
Proposals Proposals may be submitted by individuals or teams. Preference will be
given to proposals in which experienced writers show willingness to mentor and
co-operate with less experienced writers. The participation of women is
especially encouraged. Teams involving writers from different regions of the
continent will also be given preference. At the same time, the Board recommends
that a team consist of no more than three people. The Board reserves the right
to suggest a new writing team based on a combination of two separately
submitted Book Proposals.
Book Proposals must contain the following: - Aims: A brief statement of what the
book will cover and why.
- Organisation: A description of and reasons for the book's organisation and
- Outline: A table of contents with chapter headings, including a brief
description of each chapter.
- Author(s): Full contact details of each author, with curriculum vitae.
- Supporting material: Two relevant and substantial samples of writing by the
author(s) (e.g. book chapters or journal articles)
Evidence must be shown that the text will: a) Centre on the realities of adult
learning in Africa. Thus, every effort must be made to refer to publications
and research rooted in the African context, rather than to works from outside
b) Discuss theories, policies and practices primarily in terms of the African
situation, with examples drawn from Africa
c) Reflect a learner-centred, learner-sensitive and interactive methodology that
is consistent with adult learning needs at undergraduate levels
The proposals will be evaluated from these perspectives. - The decision of the
Board will be conveyed to authors by the end of December 2004.
- Those authors whose proposals are accepted must be willing to attend a
Writer's Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2005, at which the
expectations of the Series Editorial Board and of the co-publishers will be
discussed and clarified. Writing contracts will be finalised at this point.
- Successful authors will be paid a writing fee in two installments. They will
be expected to submit their manuscripts by March 2006.
- Book Proposals accompanied by curricula vitae of all authors should be
submitted by October 31st, 2004 to: Professor Frank Youngman Series Managing
Editor Department of Adult Education
University of Botswana
Tel.: 3552266 Fax: 3552266 or 585096
- Clarification and advice can be sought from Professor Youngman.
The following principles inform the content of all books in the Series: · The
centrality of the African social context of adult learning, including factors
- The impact of colonialism and the struggles for independence
- Imperialism and globalisation
- The political economy of African countries
- Democratic governance and civil society
- The impact of conflict
- Culture and language
- Religion and African philosophy
- Health problems, including HIV/AIDS
· Inclusiveness, so that each book makes reference to the different regions of
Sub-Saharan Africa and thus addresses the diversity of African contexts as much
· Scholarly quality to ensure academic recognition.
· User-friendly language.
The following notes indicate the core contents of each book as an indication of
some of the areas which authors should address in their proposals. Authors are
free to include other relevant areas they see as a priority.
The Management of Adult Education in Africa The textbook focuses on the theory
and practice of management with respect to organisations which provide
programmes for adult learners in Africa (governmental, non-governmental and
private), and to administration and supervision in the practical running of
adult learning programmes.
The key areas to be included are:
- African adult education organisations and organisational theories
- Management theories in the context of African adult education organisations
- Management skills and African values
- Developing the learning organisation
- Leadership (styles and approaches)
- Leadership skills and African values and principles
- Administrative processes (communication, record systems, equal opportunities)
- Human resources management (including training and development)
- Financing (including resourcing and basic controlling)
- Organisational development (OD), including Appreciative Inquiry
- Programme implementation (administration and supervision)
The History of Adult Education in Africa The textbook focuses on the history of
adult education in Africa and must ensure comprehensive regional coverage. It
must situate local developments in their international context as well as
relate the history of African adult education to African political and
The key areas to be included are: - The nature of history and the historical
- African conceptions of history and their relation to history as a scientific
- The usefulness of history for the study of adult education
- Pre-colonial modes of adult learning in Africa
- Adult learning programmes and activities during the colonial period
- The development of adult learning in the post-colonial era
- The international dimensions of the development of adult education in Africa
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