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Paperback Non-Western Educational Traditions: Alternative Approaches to Educational Thought and Practice (Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education) Book

ISBN: 0805834508

ISBN13: 9780805834505

Non-Western Educational Traditions: Alternative Approaches to Educational Thought and Practice (Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education)

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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...

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FAR from "worthless"

My personal belief is that the reviewer who gave this book one star (March 2010)has not spent enough time reading the book, a reading that might have given her a more accurate sense of its overall meaning and the author's skill in exploring it. Focusing on the propensity we in the West have for misrepresenting non-Western cultures and their educating habits, the author explains how colonialism and imperialism have led us astray and how, by understanding histories and cultural needs of others, we might pull ourselves out of the ethnocentrism that so often bedevils our intercultural thinking. My purpose here is simply to urge potential readers to examine the November 2009 review for information and to expect from the book a careful, knowledgeable, and interesting look at the ways several non-Western cultures have educated their young and how we benefit from learning these ways.

Really good book!!!!!

This book is fabulous it is not biased, it brings out good points for western educational values as well as a very different perspective and respect towards non-western indigenous approaches to education, which is truly appreciated because there are few books that have the courage to explore to differenet approaches to education that have been practiced in other cultures for centuries.... this is a stepping stone for the change that must come in our American society that is filled with such diverse cultures and as such requires new approaches to meet the demands of our children's generations and the different cultures that we will find in the generations to come.
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