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I Be Africa Man Original: Towards a Contextual Conceptualization of Father Involvement in the Education of Children with Disabilities in Kenya

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Including Disability in Education in Africa (IDEA) Research Unit, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town 7701, South Africa
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Division of Disability Studies, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town 7701, South Africa
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Academic Editor: Christian Wendelborg
Disabilities 2022, 2(1), 28-40; https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities2010003
Received: 30 September 2021 / Revised: 29 December 2021 / Accepted: 4 January 2022 / Published: 10 January 2022
Father involvement could play a significant role in the lives of children with disabilities. Research is scarce on father involvement in the education of children with disabilities in Africa. We seek to provide a context for father involvement in the formal education of children with disabilities in Kenya, with the aim of contributing to the development of a conceptual understanding for father involvement in such a circumstance. We examine general research on father involvement in Kenya, explore the policy frameworks that guide fatherhood in the country, and look at the specific area of involvement in education. We then present a case study that examines father involvement in the formal education of children with disabilities in Kenya. Our analysis flags up a key opportunity in the pursuit of education for children with disabilities when fathers are involved; they can support their children with disabilities’ access, participation and success in education. We highlight the need for research that builds upon the voices of fathers to illuminate their role in education and we also make some suggestions toward a conceptual lens that will highlight the contextual realities involved, particularly in regard to the education of children with disabilities. View Full-Text
Keywords: father involvement; education; special education; children with disabilities; Kenya; Africa father involvement; education; special education; children with disabilities; Kenya; Africa
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Karisa, A.; McKenzie, J. I Be Africa Man Original: Towards a Contextual Conceptualization of Father Involvement in the Education of Children with Disabilities in Kenya. Disabilities 2022, 2, 28-40. https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities2010003

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Karisa A, McKenzie J. I Be Africa Man Original: Towards a Contextual Conceptualization of Father Involvement in the Education of Children with Disabilities in Kenya. Disabilities. 2022; 2(1):28-40. https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities2010003

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Karisa, Amani, and Judith McKenzie. 2022. "I Be Africa Man Original: Towards a Contextual Conceptualization of Father Involvement in the Education of Children with Disabilities in Kenya" Disabilities 2, no. 1: 28-40. https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities2010003

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