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ERIC Number: EJ1143386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Nakem Pedagogy: Social Biography in Liberatory Education
Acido, Jeffrey Tangonan
Educational Perspectives, v48 n1-2 p48-54 2016
In this article, the author offers the genealogy of his articulation of an emerging pedagogical praxis. He offers, through his discussion of "Nakem" Pedagogy, the profound realization that comes from one's story--a story in itself, not simply a story as a tool or medium, but a story as empirical evidence of one's ontological becoming--an essential element in changing how we see and become in the world. The ideas and experiences discussed in this article are the foundations of "Nakem" Pedagogy. "Nakem" is an indigenous Ilokano word that has a myriad of meanings depending on how one uses it. Loosely, it can be translated as habit, manners, or feelings. However, in the context of this pedagogical project the author defines it as soul-consciousness. "Nakem" pedagogy represents the belief that the primary textbook that ought to be used in class is our soul. The author hopes this article will become a catalyst for a new vision that will create a pathway for an education that engages the depth of our humanity and steers us away from a fragmented way of being.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Hawaii
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