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Non-Western Educational Traditions

Local Approaches to Thought and Practice, 4th Edition

By Timothy Reagan


372 pages

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Informative and mind-opening, this text uniquely provides a comprehensive overview of a range of non-western approaches to educational thought and practice. Its premise is that understanding the ways that other people educate their children—as well as what counts for them as "education"—may help readers to think more clearly about some of their own assumptions and values, and to become more open to alternative viewpoints about important educational matters. The approach is deliberately and profoundly pedagogical, based in the author’s own teaching practice. Designed to be used in pre-service and in-service teacher education courses where substantial critical discussion and debate are encouraged, the text is enhanced by Questions for Discussion and Reflection in each chapter.

Updates and Features of the Fourth Edition

• NEW! Chapter 2 exploring key features of the ‘western educational tradition’, and information about the contemporary educational systems in different countries

• NEW! Chapter 10 on traditional educational thought and practice in Oceania, with special focus on the Maori in New Zealand, the Hawai’ians, and the Australian Aboriginal peoples

• Updated chapter on Africa includes fuller explanation of the diversity within the indigenous African experience, as well as several contemporary cases of state education in Africa

• Updated Chapter 4 is designed to help non-Muslims to understand the Muslim educational heritage and the growing issue of Islamophobia

• Exploration of Chinese education now includes a special emphasis on the thought of Confucius, the role of the imperial examination system, and the impact of political and economic changes in the 20th century

• Updated analysis of contemporary educational practices in Hindu and Buddhist educational thought and practice and brief discussions of Jainism and Sikhism

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Non-Western Educational Traditions

Chapter 2 ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’: The Western Educational Tradition

Chapter 3 ‘A Wise Child is Talked to in Proverbs’: Indigenous Education Thought and Practice in Africa

Chapter 4 ‘No Gift is Better than Education’: Educational Thought and Practice in the Islamic World

Chapter 5 ‘Developing the Chün-tzu’: Confucius and the Chinese Educational Heritage

Chapter 6 ‘An Intelligent Man Attends on a Wise Person’: Educational Thought and Practice in the Dharmic Traditions

Chapter 7 ‘Finding the True Meaning of Life’: Indigenous Native American Education

Chapter 8 Training ‘Face and Heart’: The Mesoamerican Educational Experience

Chapter 9 ‘Familiar Strangers’: The Case of the Roma

Chapter 10 ‘Handed Down From the Ancestors’: Indigenous Educational Thought and Practice in Oceania

Chapter 11 ‘The Whole World is One Town’: Toward New Perspectives on Local Educational Traditions

About the Author

Timothy Reagan is Dean, College of Education and Human Development, University of Maine, USA.

About the Series

Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education

This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public. The series welcomes volumes with multicultural perspectives, diverse interpretations, and a range of political points of view from conservative to critical. Books accepted for publication in this series will be written for an academic audience and, in some cases, also for use as supplementary readings in graduate and undergraduate courses.

Topics to be addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, political, and historical studies of

Local, state, national, and international educational systems

Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Public institutions of education such as museums, libraries, and foundations

Computer systems and software as instruments of public education

The popular media as forms of public education

Content areas within the academic study of education, such as curriculum and instruction, psychology, and educational technology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
EDUCATION / Comparative