Category Archives: Mono- Bi- and Multi-culturalism

It’s a good question

Many moons ago, but in an influential piece of writing, R Bishop and T Glynn write: “Whose interests and agendas is the education system established to promote? In New Zealand Maori people have been denied participation in the decision-making systems … Continue reading

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How many today live in a language that is not their own? 

“How many today live in a language that is not their own? Or no longer, or not yet, even know their own and know poorly the major language that they are forced to serve? This is the problem of immigrants, … Continue reading

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what language wires in to us

Another very interesting interview with Moshe Feldenkrais: “When the brain comes into the world, it is fit to do only what any animal brain can do: it attends to breathing, to digestion, to the automatic processes of the body. Beyond … Continue reading

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Sensory Anthropology

hmmm! Interesting stuff… and what impact might such research have on our understanding of play? http://www.sensorystudies.org/ http://www.sensorystudies.org/sensorial-investigations/doing-sensory-anthropology/ http://www.indiana.edu/~wanthro/theory_pages/senses.htm http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/555-teaching-sensory-anthropology http://sel.fas.harvard.edu/works.html Readings Books Howes, David. Empire of the Senses: The Sensual Cultural Reader. Oxford: Berg, 2004. Howes, David. The Varieties of … Continue reading

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Kaitiaki Collective – democratic schooling in NZ

Fantastic to hear! http://kaitiakicollective.weebly.com/ “Kia ora!  Join us in creating a democratic school in Auckland, based in part on the Sudbury Valley School model, and rooted in indigenous Maori wisdom.”

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Sustainability education and a collective perspective

There is an interesting discussion about sustainability on Radio NZ National in which some good points on the values promoted by education are raised. Particularly: Bronwyn Hayward discusses the results of some research she has been involved in bilingual schools. … Continue reading

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The academic as authority figure

Sheila Trahar makes some interesting comments on the social and cultural responsibilities attached to teaching students who perceive the academic as an authority figure. She writes: “A critical pedagogic approach seeks to dismantle the hierarchy that creates a power differential … Continue reading

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A HISTORY of whispers and forgetfulness

I am reading a history of ‘Celtic Britain’ by Alistair Moffat. It is beautifully written and has me thinking of parallels with a Maori history of New Zealand. If you read these segments from the introductory chapter, you will see … Continue reading

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The ethnosphere – Wade Davis

Wade Davis explains that all the many cultures of the world “as well as thousands of others that might readily have found a place in this book, make up an intellectual, social, and spiritual web of life that envelops the … Continue reading

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Ethnicity – K David Harrison

K David Harrison writes: “How many ethnic groups are there in the world? A complete list of them all would have well over 10,000 entries, and perhaps many more. The exact number is unknown and ever changing. Ethnicity itself remains … Continue reading

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