ERIC Number: ED475061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-30
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Revitalising Marginalised Communities by Increasing Social Capital through Holistic Education and the Lifelong Learning Strategies of Indigenous Peoples.
The Western model of education is based on reductionism and linear thinking motivated by profit for those at the top. Globalization is the zenith of this Western reductionist philosophy. Its proponents talk about technology providing access to new vocational opportunities, yet fewer people control more of the resources and services. People find that globalization marginalizes them and their communities as jobs, services, and workers leave. It is time to reject the ethnocentric vision that Western education is best. Human potential can be unlocked through holistic education using strategies that Indigenous cultures have used for millennia. Indigenous cultures are community-based and integrate spiritualism, knowledge, skills, law, and responsibility into a seamless cloth of experience. They utilize a practical, experiential methodology of seeing, doing, feedback, and sharing. Holistic education based on Indigenous methodologies is a dynamic, open human relationship that cultivates a critical awareness of the many contexts of learners' lives--moral, cultural, ecological, economical, technological, and political. Such an education recognizes and respects that human intelligence is expressed through diverse styles and capacities. Learning is active, self-motivated, supportive, and encouraging of the human spirit. A holistic curriculum is interdisciplinary, integrating community and global perspectives. If humanity is to survive this millennium, there must be a major paradigm shift toward the community-based approaches of Indigenous peoples. (TD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Critical Thinking, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Globalization, Holistic Approach, Indigenous Knowledge, Lifelong Learning, Relevance (Education), Role of Education, World Views
For full text: http://www.acsa.edu.au/2001conf/Collister%20-%20Revitalising%20communities.doc.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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