Yatta Kanu

Associate Professor, Education

Address: 276 Education Building, University of Manitoba
  Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Phone: 204.474.9025
Fax: 204.474.7550
Email:  kanuy@cc.umanitoba.ca
Website: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/education/directory/ctl/kanu.shtml

Yatta Kanu majored in History and English at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, from where she graduated with a B.A. and a Diploma in Education. She taught History and English for twelve years at the Methodist Boys' High School before pursuing graduate studies in Education (M.Ed., Sierra Leone), Social Studies (Leeds, UK), Applied English Linguistics (Birmingham, UK), and Curriculum Studies (Ph.D., Alberta, Canada). She has taught in Sierra Leone, Pakistan, and USA. She now teaches courses in curriculum studies, history, social studies, and action research in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.

Ph.D., University of Alberta; B. Litt., University of Birmingham; Cert. in Curr. Dev. Social Studies, University of Leeds; M. Ed., B.A., Dip.Ed., University of Sierra Leone 

Areas of Specialization:
Teaching: Curriculum studies; history; social studies; qualitative research methods

Research: Curriculum, culture and student learning; educational access and equity for minority students; teacher education; international education; history and social studies education

Sample of Recent Publications:
Kanu. Y. (2007). Tradition and educational reconstruction in Africa in postcolonial global times: The case for Sierra Leone. African Studies Quarterly, 9 (3), 1-23.

Kanu, Y. (Ed.). (2006). Curriculum as cultural practice: Postcolonial imaginations. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Kanu, Y. (2006). Getting them through the college pipeline: Critical elements of instruction influencing school success among Native Canadian high school students. Journal of Advanced Academics, 18 (1), 116-145.

Kanu, Y. (2006). Decolonizing Aboriginal education: Linking Western ways of knowing with the knowledge and interests of the other. International Journal of Learning, 12 (1), 210-219. Published in 3 formats: print, electronic, and CD.

Kanu, Y.,  & Glor, M. (2006). Curere to the rescue? Teachers as 'amateur intellectuals' in a knowledge society. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 4 (2), 99-120.