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Preserving Order Amid Chaos: The Survival of Schools in Uganda, 1971-1986

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Preserving Order Amid Chaos

The Survival of Schools in Uganda, 1971-1986

John Rhodes Paige

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244 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-213-1 25% OFF! $120.00/£85.00 $90.00/£63.75 Hb Published (November 2000)

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To say that education in Africa is under stress is all to obvious. News reports from that continent seem to describe only war and violence, poverty and malnutrition, corruption and mismanagement, or natural disasters that destroy or threaten already frail infrastructures - most news from Africa is bad news. When an education system survives in a country like Uganda, long subjected to the whims of despotic leadership, it warrants an investigation. This book tells the story of four senior secondary schools during a time of war and intractable social conflict, examining a complex topic through multiple perspectives such as documentary history, oral history, ethnography, and organization theory. The author develops a broad picture of the Amin/Obote years and the accompanying political and social chaos in Uganda, while at the same time filling in the crucial details essential for developing an understanding of school survival in the Kaborole District.

The author's intensive field work gives this study a unique dimension: by preserving a record of African voices - students, teachers, parents, alumni, board members, community leaders - a rich tableau of theh local conditions for school survival emerges. At the same time the discussion is situated within the larger Ugandan historical and political context, thus offering an excellent example of the application of multiple research perspectives to a complex social, cultural and political setting.

John Rhodes Paige is Assistant Professor of Education at St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas, and Research Associate at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda.

Subject: Educational Studies 20th Century History
Area: Africa


List of Maps
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: An Overview of the Study

Chapter 1. A Socio-historical View: The Context of Ugandan Education
Chapter 2. A View from the Past: Traditions of Ugandan Education
Chapter 3. The Story: A National View
Chapter 4. The Story: A View from the Ground in Kabarole
Chapter 5. The Story: Viewing Initiatives and Internalities in Kabarole
Chapter 6. Discussion: The View of an Outsider
Chapter 7. Discussion: A View toward the Future

Appendix I: A Viewing Lens—the Study Methodology
Appendix II: Calendar of Important Events in Uganda’s Educational History


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