Indigenizing Curriculum: Shift Paradigms

  Critical pedagogy is pivotal when addressing Indigenization of the curriculum; for, at the core of the process is the art of challenging assumptions. As Maori professor Linda Tuhiwae Smith demonstrates (2008), there is a Western-centric dominance of research theory and praxis. If this is the education system            experienced by..

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Indigenizing the Curriculum: Foundational Questions

  The Indigenization of the British Columbia curriculum requires new constructs for leadership, Indigenous pedagogical practices, perspectives and content, and a vision for changing paradigms. A process such as Halbert and Kaser’s (2013) spirals of inquiry can help educators realize that learning is not linear but recursive. With respect to Indigenization, they suggest consideration of..

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Learning to trust ourselves in difficult situations – Adult Education

We see the world through our own lens which is why knowing ourselves is so very important. What parts of your past trigger reactions in you? Where do you find you are at your best? What is important to you? What bothers you? If you can articulate these things clearly then you will have more..

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Web of relationships and impact on values

  We are who we are partly because of who we associate with.  Perhaps you remember your parents cautioning you to choose your friends wisely. Perhaps you are a parent who understands this and has given similar advice to your own children.  Even the contemporary business literature recommends that as adults we are aware of..

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Adult education methods to teach from depth

  What does it mean to teach from depth?  It connects to the principle of adult learning that adults are internally motivated and build on prior life experience when they learn.  Motivation is tapped into and amplified through reflective techniques and critical discussions that help the adult make sense of the new learning and situate..

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A philosophical understanding of team learning

I would like to share with you a quote related to team learning: “Life needs to link with other life, to form relationships where all individuals are better supported by the system they have created. It is impossible to look at the natural world and find an individual…Everywhere we look, we see complex, tangled, messy..

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Using the creative arts in teaching

Brookfield addresses teaching using the creative arts. As someone interested in adult education and reading this rather academic blog,  I’ll venture that you can relate to the idea of ‘living in your head’. Think about ways to incorporate other expressions beyond the linguistic into your life. “What art offers us is a chance of breaking..

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Active Learning Opportunities

The heart and soul of teaching well is designing, sequencing and planning active learning opportunities around engaging and compelling content.  This is creative work that requires the educator to research solid content aligned with the learning objectives and discern effective means of sharing and engaging learners with that content. Furthermore, it requires the educator to..

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The Adult Educator as Agent for Social Transformation

An essential question for adult educators to reflect on is: What matters to me and how can my work advance this in some way?  Discovering and acting upon a purpose beyond oneself brings meaning to work and can motivate learners to find meaning also.  This leads to a deeper commitment and sense of fulfillment.  Having..

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Servant Leadership

As a way of wrapping up this series on the role of wisdom and spirituality in leading self, highlighting the leadership of Dorothy Day and Jean Vanier, I would like to emphasize how they demonstrated Servant Leadership.  This leadership style requires a strong orientation to values that allow leaders to serve their people well while..

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