Non-Western Educational Traditions Alternative Approaches to Educational Thought and Practice

ISBN-10: 0805834508
ISBN-13: 9780805834505
Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

This text provides a brief, yet comprehensive, overview of a number of non-Western approaches to educational thought and practice. The history of education, as it has been conceived and taught in the United States (and generally in the West), has focused almost entirely on the ways in which our own educational tradition emerged, developed, and changed over the course of the centuries. Although understandable, this means the many ways that other societies have sought to meet many of the same challenges have been ignored. This book seeks to redress this omission. Its premise is that gaining an understanding of the ways that other peoples educate their children--as well as what counts for them as "education"--may help us to think more clearly about some of our own assumptions and values, as well as to become more open to alternative viewpoints about important educational matters. Because it is not traditionally included in the training of educators, very few have had any real exposure to non-Western educational traditions. Thus, the audience for this book is broad and diverse. Intended as a text for both preservice and in-service teachers, each chapter includes pedagogically helpful "Questions for Discussion and Reflection" and "Recommended Further Readings." The book is equally appropriate for advanced students in graduate programs as well as faculty members. New in the Second Edition: The text has been thoroughly revised to expand and clarify points, update chapters as needed, and improve the pedagogical usefulness of the text. A section on Mayan education has been added to the chapter on the Mesoamerican educational experience. One entirely new chapter "'Familiar Strangers': The Case of the Rom" has been included.

Timothy Reagan is currently Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University. He has previously been a faculty member at Galluadet University, Central Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut, Roger Williams University, and the University of the Witwatersrand. He has also served as the Associate Dean of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, Dean of the School of Education at Roger Williams University, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand. His areas of interest include educational policy studies and the education of cultural and linguistic minority groups. Reagan co-authored Becoming a Reflective Educator: How to Build a Culture of Inquiry in the Schools, another Corwin Press book that contributes to the authors' illustration of leadership in dynamic schools.

Preface
Acknowledgments
An Introduction to the Study of Non-Western Educational Traditions: A Philosophical Starting Point
Recommended Further Readings
Notes
"A Wise Child is Talked to in Proverbs": Traditional African Educational Thought and Practice
Recommended Further Readings
Notes
Training "Face and Heart": The Mesoamerican Educational Experience
Recommended Further Readings
Notes
"Finding the True Meaning of Life": Indigenous Education in North America
Recommended Further Readings
Notes
Developing the Ch�un-tzu: Confucius and the Chinese Educational Heritage
Recommended Further Readings
Notes
"An Intelligent Man Attends on a Wise Person": Traditional Hindu and Buddhist Educational Thought and Practice
Recommended Further Readings
Notes
"Familiar Strangers": The Case of the Rom
Recommended Further Readings
Notes
"No Gift is Better than Education": The Islamic Educational Enterprise
Recommended Further Readings
Notes
Themes and Lessons in the Study of Non-Western Educational Traditions: Toward a Beginning
Recommended Further Readings
Notes
Bibliography
Author Index
Subject Index

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