Assignment 5: Non-Western Perspectives on Learning and Knowing Focus Question Response
1. Read: Chapters 8-10 in Merriam, S. B., Caffarella, R. S., and Baumgartner, L.S. (2007) Learning in adulthood: A comprehensive guide. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (3rd. Edition).
2. Choose one of the following questions for Assignment 5:
a) Is the concept of Indigenous knowledge new and compelling to you? If so, why is this the case? Or perhaps you are familiar with Indigenous knowledge through your personal or professional life. What is its impact on your workplace/community?
b) Do you support learning through narrative and storytelling? Explain why or why not.
c) Discuss the concept of grace as an aspect of spirituality.
d) Do any one of the Confucian, Hindi, Maori, Islamic or African Indigenous perspectives on learning resonate with you? Have you been involved in learning through any of these lenses? Alternately, you may wish to describe why you would like to encounter one of these perspectives in the future-as a learner or as a professional.
e) Has critical theory informed your personal or professional educational path?
f) Do you find feminist pedagogy a beneficial perspective from which to view learning for adults? If so, explain why. If not, explain why this is so.
3. Complete and submit Assignment 5: Develop a discussion in response to your chosen question, 500-600 words long.
After reading/viewing the learning activities and completing Assignment 5, you should be able to:
· Describe learning and knowledge as historical and geographically situated concepts.
· Distinguish between Western, non-Western and Indigenous knowledge and learning processes.
· Articulate how knowledge and learning traditions vary within the global context of contemporary adult learning.
· Explain and express ways that power, class, gender and race intersect with adult learning in terms of multiculturalism, postmodernism, poststructuralism and critical theory.
· Recognize the principles underlying feminist pedagogy.
Components of Assignment 5:
Your response to one of the question choices should include information gathered from the textbook, and may refer to chapters other than the 3 you will read to prepare for this assignment. The author and subject indices at the back of the textbook are useful tools for locating this information. You may also access secondary sources, such as scholarly articles and websites. In addition, you may include discussion of your personal experience along with the theoretical explanations. You will write a substantive (500-600 words, double spaced, 12 font, 1 margins) document, which includes an introduction and a conclusion. Create your document in a word processing program (eg. Word), and use the word count tool to calculate how long your assignment is. Provide citations in the text and reference list at the end of your posting using APA (5th or 6th ed.) style.
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