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ERIC Number: ED232984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Becoming Self-Educating and Culture-Creating by Being Educated Trans-Culturally.
Fersh, Seymour
In the past, the process of education was one of training--the learner was encouraged to follow the ways of priests, parents, professors, and patriarchs. This system works well as long as two conditions exist: if there are few modifications in the society and if people remain in the same place. Increasingly, the opposite conditions are true: few, if any, places are escaping rapid changes, and fewer people live out their lives in their birthplaces. These new conditions create new human needs, one of which is the development of better prediction of future developments and preferences. Individuals also need to encounter culturally different views, so that they are reminded that viewpoints are cultural rather than natural and that potential beliefs and behavior are not limited to original cultural inheritance. Learning about and from other peoples and cultures will increase knowledge and awareness, and complement individual and general insights. Individuals need to become their own teachers and continue the process of self-education. No content can serve this purpose better than cultural studies. Through involvement and purposeful study, individuals can be helped to develop desirable qualities of empathy, humility, humor, respect, gratitude, honor, puzzlement, and an overall sense of what it is to be human. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (30th, Washington, DC, July 11-15, 1983).