Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Building a future: A volunteer exchange program
by Kudo, Laura L., M.A., Prescott College, 2009, 101; 1462081
Abstract (Summary)

The intent of this paper is to question whether volunteer organizations should be exporting Euro-western pedagogy to indigenous cultures. Specifically, is the exclusion of indigenous culture and knowledge in education detrimental to community development and the ultimate sustainability of societies? The term Euro-western is used in reference to pedagogy that combines European and Western educational methodologies. The term bi-cultural education refers to teaching methods that combine Euro-western and indigenous knowledge. The author focuses on two main questions: Are there situations in which a bi-cultural educational approach is appropriate? Are there situations in which indigenous teaching is most appropriate, and Euro-western methods should not be introduced? The author completed a research residency relating to these topics and questions in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Young, Vicky
Commitee: Kees, Susan B., Sharp, Lloyd
School: Prescott College
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 47/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Bilingual education, Cultural anthropology, Early childhood education
Keywords: Bi-cultural education, Educational ethics, Euro-western education, Indigenous education, Nepal, Non-profit organization
Publication Number: 1462081
ISBN: 978-1-109-00920-0
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