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Title:Re-membering my ways of knowing and learning while 'learning otherwise'
Author:Mogale, Ramadimetja ShirleyISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Geographic term:Africa
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Abstract:This article addresses the writer's internal conflict as an African woman who left the great continent in the hope of gaining knowledge at a large North American university. The writer is faced with the dilemma of acquiring knowledge of Western origins as part of a doctoral programme in nursing, which rarely and scantly acknowledges that the writer, too, possesses unique knowledge. This dilemma has made the writer wonder about the ontological and epistemological stances regarding nursing practice in Africa, which forms the writer's professional identity, in the context of an African heritage. This is a deliberation on the development of nursing knowledge which has guided the writer's re-(membering) of African ways of knowing and learning, despite it being deemed 'unscientific'. The presentation answers four questions: Can the writer reflect out loud (M.R. Cruz, 2008) about African knowledge in the context of Western academia? Why do Africans keep audibly silent about the knowledge they have? Is the writer's African knowledge considered knowledge by the West? Is Western knowledge relevant to the writer, as an African, or is it relevant for her nursing practice? Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]