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Synergies between Indigenous education methodology and eastern philosophies and their application for community education

Collister, Rupert (2003). Synergies between Indigenous education methodology and eastern philosophies and their application for community education. In: Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training, Gold Coast, 1-3 December 2003.

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Author Collister, Rupert
Title Synergies between Indigenous education methodology and eastern philosophies and their application for community education
Conference Name Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training
Conference Location Gold Coast
Conference Dates 1-3 December 2003
Conference Publication Title Enriching Learning Cultures
Place of Publication Brisbane
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Publication Year 2003
ISBN 1-8753-7851-0   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 110
End Page 116
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract The current educative paradigm pays much 'lip service' to the concept of lifelong learning but in reality it only addresses learning for work and even that constricted view does not, in practice, address the whole of oneââ,¬â„¢s working life. For many people, the only vehicle for lifelong learning (i.e., post-compulsory education) that is not necessarily related to the workplace, other than the university sector which has itââ,¬â„¢s own prejudices in this area, is the community education sector. If we believe that learning is at the core of human development and in the transformative nature of education, then it should not be based on a 'one size fits all' paradigm. Education should 'speak' to the whole person and focus on concepts not content, questions and not answers, interrelatedness and not reductionist abstract fragmentation. The synergies between eastern philosophies and Indigenous education methodologies can provide a useful map for community education which is not reliant on the next government policy document but instead is rooted in genuine learning in communion. This paper will briefly explore the community-orientated learning paradigms of eastern philosophies and Indigenous education methodologies, map the synergies and discuss the application of these synergies to lifelong learning through community education in the 21st Century.
 
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