Monday, February 23, 2015

A to Z: Cultural Perspectives in Education

Vaughan M. Blaney
BSc(UNB,Canada), BEd(UNB,Canada), TEFLA(University of Cambridge), MEd(HKU, Hong Kong)

Book: "A to Z: Cultural Perspectives in Education"

A to Z: Cultural Perspectives in Education is indeed an extremely attractive and colourful project.
-Clara Ho, Editor, Hong Kong University Press

The Letter 'D'...

Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah
Love and happiness that never cease
Easter, Kwanzaa, Buddha's Birthday
Sharing, giving, joy, and peace

Days go by and we learn different things, still all can agree that we:
  • enjoy dancing
  • want to find a real live dinosaur
  • avoid danger
  • count seven days in a week 
  • know how to quack like a duck
  • depend on our parents 
  • love to draw
  • have dreams when we sleep
  • like it when the teacher makes what seems difficult a little easier
  • know how to print the letter D 

When I lived in several Papua New Guinea villages for extended periods to collect data, and when I go to Alaskan villages for work with Alaskan Native communities. nd it unquestionably easier - psychologically and pragmatically - when some kind soul has directly informed me about such matters as appropriate dress, interactional styles, embedded meanings, and taboo words or actions. I contend that it is much the same for anyone seeking to learn the rules of the culture of power. Unless one has the leisure of a lifetime of 'immersion' to learn them, explicit presentation makes learning immeasurably easier.

Delpit, Lisa

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