ERIC Number: EJ698249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
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Tensions and Dilemmas of Cross-Cultural Transfer of Knowledge: Post-Structural/postcolonial Reflections on an Innovative Teacher Education in Pakistan
International Journal of Educational Development, v25 n5 p493-513 Sep 2005
Globalization in higher education and the replacement of state funding of universities with ''revenue substitution'' strategies in western countries have resulted in an increasing number of universities in these countries participating in what has come to be known as transnational knowledge transfer without being better informed about the cultural contexts in which this knowledge is applied, resulting in many program failures and resistance in the recipient countries. One reason for this neglect is the difficulty involved in identifying which aspects of culture to select for study before implementing educational innovations in a recipient country. The study reported in this paper was undertaken as a curriculum inquiry to identify those aspects of culture, which affect, influence or mediate curriculum, pedagogy and teacher learning in South Asia, where an increasing number of western expatriates are engaged in international curriculum work. Three aspects of culture-namely, concepts of self, discursive practices and indigenous approaches to learning-which emerged as having significant influence on curriculum and teacher learning, and may help expatriate educators to provide educational experiences that are grounded in the cultural realities of South Asia are discussed. The paper draws briefly on post-structural, postcolonial theories, and enunciations of critical pedagogy to reflect on culture, education and resistance in international academic relations.
Descriptors: Globalization, Foreign Countries, Critical Theory, Educational Innovation, Educational Experience, International Programs
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; Pakistan