ERIC Number: ED230021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Socio-Cultural Environments and Suggestopedia.
The suggestopedic model of accelerated learning as developed by Lozanov is referred to by him as a set of attitudes inherent to sociocultural behavior common to the Soviet Bloc countries. The theoretical base accounts for a built-in obedience reflex, acceptance of authority, lack of competitiveness, promotion of collective growth, and a noncritical attitude. This discussion catalogs the varieties of suggestopedia used in Soviet Bloc countries and examines the theoretical basis. This theoretical base and its relevance to the socialist environment are contrasted with the sociocultural environments prevalent in the Western Bloc countries. Generally, it could be said that Lozanov's perception of the collective growth of the class and of the individual's total acceptance of the teacher's authority and methodology do not fit with Western educational philosophy. Another type of accelerated learning examined is hypnosis and inducement of altered states of consciousness. While a heterosuggestive approach can be beneficial to the individual, fear of its use may limit its applicability to Western situations. A third way to accelerated learning is inducement of alpha state of consciousness to foster intuitive learning through the use of relaxation exercises and appropriate musical selections. It is claimed that a selective use of suggestopedic practices can be accepted in the West. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intuition; Suggestopedia
Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium on Accelerated Learning (1st, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 17, 1983).