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ERIC Number: EJ944828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Wisdom and Adult Education
Yang, Shih-ying
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n131 p45-54 Fall 2011
Wisdom enables people to lead a good life. The pursuit of wisdom is an important goal for adult education, and adult education is important for developing wisdom in individuals and communities. The good life for humankind is threatened by global warming, shortages of natural resources, cultural and religious conflicts, and financial crises, and therefore international cooperation is urgently needed to attain a good life for all. This grand purpose of adult education cannot be fully realized until adult educators embrace a diversity of cultural perspectives on wisdom and apply this understanding to their teaching. This article is written for those who are interested in understanding and facilitating discussions of wisdom from different cultural perspectives. It is also written with the hope that a broadened cultural perspective can help practitioners in adult education settings interact with East Asian adult learners more successfully. Toward that end, the article begins by exploring differences between East and West cultural and intellectual traditions. The second part explores conceptions and manifestations of wisdom. Finally, it discusses implications for education in a cross-cultural context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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