Narratives from Ghana: Exploring Issues of Difference and Diversity in Education

  • George J. Sefa Dei
  • Alireza Asgharzadeh


This chapter is based on focus group discussions of African and Ghanaian university students as they reflect on their university experiences on the subject of how questions of difference and diversity are broached in the teaching, learning, and administration of education in their schools and universities. The students use their personal knowledge and lived experiences to reflect on the question of how inclusivity and diversity implicate schooling in Africa. The learning objective is to examine and discuss the ways in which the school experiences of the study participants inform their shared, competing, and contested understandings of the challenges of inclusive schooling in pluralistic contexts. The advantage of using a focus group interview methodology is that this kind of research method enables us to obtain several interactive perspectives about the same topic. Notions of difference and diversity are heavily characterized by relations of power and influence. As such, a focus group interview is particularly suited to produce the most transparent information and insight emerging from interactions, discussions, and debates among the group members.


Focus Group Female Student Male Student Focus Group Interview Foreign Student 
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  • Alireza Asgharzadeh

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