ERIC Number: ED401413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
West in East and Vice Versa, or Globalization in Adult Education.
Kim, Ki Su
In terms of their unique views of education, and adult education in particular, the question is what East and West can learn from each other. It can be answered by qualifying and clarifying three assumptions: (1) there are certain modernist and postmodernist perspectives that differ from each other and have different impacts upon education; (2) the two worlds exist distinctly, operate separately, and embrace differing views of education; and (3) the two worlds can enter into some kind of transaction to give and take some of their educational views to each other's benefit. Regarding the first assumption, the postmodernist writers Lyotard and Foucault have criticized the totalizing logic of modernism; they suggest multifaceted, plural discourse as an alternative. Regarding the second assumption, East and West can be qualified in terms of the latter's modernist expansion. East in this analysis is a relative concept, the content of which changes as the East-West relationship develops. As to the third assumption, attention is drawn to the phenomenon of globalization, in which the problems of the West become increasingly infused into the discursive veins of the East. The West's modernizing experience can provide valuable lessons for Eastern adult educators in coping with their newly arising problems, whereas Western adult educators can find in the Eastern phenomena important hints for charting their ways to a stable postmodern condition. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Constitutive Interplay midst Discourse of East and West: Modernity & Postmodernity Renderings in Adult & Continuing Education; see CE 072 896.