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Educational Theories and Practices from the Majority World
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Educational Theories and Practices from the Majority World

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December 2008 | 412 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Educational Theories and Practices from the Majority World draws attention to ethnocentrism in educational research and practice. Whether it is educational theory, research or educational practices, most of the discourse is strongly marked by one single model, Western, so-called "modern" schooling. Scientific knowledge about education is typically seen as Western, and non-Western contexts are made subject to Western paradigms of inquiry.

This book counters this Western ethnocentrism and suggests some means to fight it. The Western perspective stems from a minority and it does not represent the majority of the world population that is situated outside of Europe and North-America. For millennia, various forms of educational theory and practices have been developed all over the world, and these are still in existence even though they may be ignored and despised by mainstream educational science. What does this wealth of educational forms have to offer in terms of innovative ideas? Could some of these be used to improve the quality and the appropriateness of modern schooling everywhere in the world?

The book contains contributions by authors from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. Several of them usually write in French or in Spanish, which will permit access to theories and research not always covered in English.

Pierre R Dasen and Abdeljalil Akkari
Introduction: Ethnocentrism in Education and How to Overcome it
 
I: INFORMAL AND "INDIGENOUS" EDUCATION
Pierre R Dasen
Informal Education and Learning Processes
A Bame Nsamenang, Pascaline J Fai, Gladys N Ngoran, Mairama Y Ngeh, Fedelis W Forsuh, Eunice W Adzemye and Glory N Lum
Ethnotheories of Developmental Learning in the Western Grassfields of Cameroon
Robert Serpell
Participatory Appropriation and the Cultivation of Nurturance: A Case Study of African Primary Health Science Curriculum Development
John D Herzog
Situated Learning and Compagnonnage Formation: Implications for the Education Systems of Poor (and Rich) Nations
 
II: CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE SCHOOLING FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE
George Robert Teasdale
Curriculum Localization: A View from the South
Ramesh C Mishra
Education of Tribal Children in India
Marie Battiste
The Decolonization of Aboriginal Education: Dialogue, Reflection, and Action in Canada
Anahy Gajardo, Giovanni Carrarini, Jose Marin and Pierre R Dasen
Issues and Challenges for Intercultural and Bilingual Education (IBE) in Latin America
 
III: EDUCATION AND RELIGION
Abdeljalil Akkari
Socialization, Learning and Basic Education in Islamic Contexts
Ramesh C Mishra and Aparna Vajpayee
Sanskrit Schooling in India
Marie Anne Broyon
Sanskrit Schools in Varanasi between Traditions and Transition
Nilima Changkakoti and Marie Anne Broyon
Buddhist Education as a Challenge to Modern Schooling
Adjignon Debora Gladys Hounkpe
Education in Voodoo Convents in Benin
 
IV: GLOBAL POLITICAL ISSUES
Abdeljalil Akkari and Peri Mesquida
Paulo Freire: Building a Multicultural Pedagogy for Silenced Voices
Jose Marin
Globalization, Education and Cultural Diversity
Abdeljalil Akkari and Pierre R Dasen
The Globalization of Schooling: Major Trends and Issues in the South and the North
 
Index

Educational Theories and Practices from the majority world is a scholarly publication…Several chapters and case studies in the book are written in a simple and lucid style which a layperson interested in educational practices around the world can understand and relate to. Well researched and referenced by all the contributors, and with a coherent flow, it is compulsory reading for scholars and post-graduate students in education; and must-hold for any library in an academic setting.

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