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Title:Learning and an African lifeworld in (higher) education
Author:Van Wyk, BerteISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Volume:7
Issue:2
Pages:171-181
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:learning
education
African culture
Abstract:There have been concerns in recent years about drop-outs and matric pass rates in schools, and low through-put rates at higher education institutions in South Africa. The author assumes that these concerns relate to a perceived lack of, or inadequate, learning. Focusing on blacks in general or African learners and students in particular, these concerns however, fail to acknowledge the cultural dimension of learning. The author focuses attention on a cultural dimension and argues that the notion of the lifeworld needs to be explored, particularly the African lifeworld, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the unacceptable level of matric passes, drop-outs and through-put rates. L.B. Rasmussen (1998) argues that, for a variety of reasons, learning should be studied as a cultural phenomenon and the present author explores various types of learning cultures. Finally, the author argues for transformative learning as a means to address concerns related to a perceived lack of learning. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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