Learning, Knowledge and Cultural Context

Learning, Knowledge and Cultural Context

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This special issue of the International Review of Education includes contri- butions on indigenous knowledge, the cultural context of learning and on the interplay between the so-called "traditional" and "modern" ways of educa- tion. It starts from the assumption that cultures are not static, that they are shifting and mutating, and that the Western need to encapsulate "other cultures", which found its most extreme form in their being frozen in time and boxed behind glass in museums of ethnology, has distorted our under- standing of the way in which different cultures create, recreate and repro- duce knowledge. The basic premise of this position is that there is no such thing as a pure culture, and that all cultures borrow, lend, adapt, and distort distinct elements from other cultures. All cultures, moreover, provide their members with ways of learning about that culture, which include elements such as language, forms of social organisation, and ritual spaces for the trans- mission of specialised knowledge. Meaning may be shifted over time, but that in itself is a product of the passage of knowledge through history. Indeed, much meaning is cyclical and reinterpretive so that cultures may look back to a mythological past which they assumed gave them their essential identity but which may be part fact, part fantasy, and part fiction. This is then rein- terpreted in the light of changed and changing historical circumstances.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 10.16mm | 226.8g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1999
  • 2 Illustrations, black and white; II, 142 p. 2 illus.
  • 0792361415
  • 9780792361411

Table of contents

Editorial Introduction. Articles: Enfants autochtones et apprentissage: la corporalite comme langage en Amerique du Sud tropicale; A.L. da Silva. Other Ways to Wisdom: Learning Through the Senses Across Cultures; C. Classen. Education traditionnelle au Benin, la place du sacre dans les rites initiatiques; J.-C. Quenum. Community as Classroom: Dilemmas of Valuing African Indigenous Literacy in Education; L. Semali. Mayan Education in Guatemala: A Pedagogical Model and Its Political Context; M. Heckt. Islamic Versus Western Conceptions of Education: Reflections on Egypt; B.J. Cook. Notes: New Caledonia: Coutume and Culture in Education; P. Clanche. Learning Through the Soul: Concepts Relating to Learning and Knowledge in the Mayan Cultures of Mexico; L. King. Book Reviews.
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