Locating non-western enlightenment texts for a global curriculum

Johnson, Richard 2006, Locating non-western enlightenment texts for a global curriculum, Intercultural education, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 21-32, doi: 10.1080/14675980500502248.

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Title Locating non-western enlightenment texts for a global curriculum
Author(s) Johnson, Richard
Journal name Intercultural education
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 21
End page 32
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-03
ISSN 1467-5986
Summary The context of this paper is a university-based teacher education course in Melbourne, Australia. The assumption underpinning the course is that it is crucial for trainee teachers to examine the lenses they typically use in terms of common-sense understandings of children and adolescents. We point to the 18th century Western enlightenment period as the source of this thinking. I argue that it is important to be aware of other enlightenments that have shaped the traditions of students in our multicultural mix. In this paper, I explore the writings of the Mahabharata and other early Indian texts to see how they have also influenced ways of thinking about childhood and adolescence. Data for this paper have been drawn from course materials, student responses, translations of early Indian texts and popular stories depicting childhood and adolescence.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14675980500502248
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
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