The culture of learning and rationality

Authors

  • Robert D. Peel University of Hawaiʻi

Keywords:

education, sustainable development, learning, rationality

Abstract

The United Nations’ campaign to generate a new development paradigm seeks to engage the largest global human diversity ever to collaborate in global policy formulation. In the campaign, education is recognized as the “engine” to empower “groups” of populations that have had little history of participating in the policy process. While the methodology of educating is under debate, little attention is being given to the root cause of rationality, which is the construction of systematic thought. This article compares three alternative knowledge development methodologies to the mainstream method being spread globally and their influence in cultivating a sustainability mindset: the mission of the United Nations “education for sustainable development” initiative. The previously published article on “The Education of Sustainable Development Laboratory” (2015), describes an opportunity to use the pending campus-wide redevelopment process of the University Laboratory School (Hawai‘i) as a research project on knowledge development frameworks to establish a world leading design of education for sustainable development.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

References

Aluli Meyer, M. A. (2003). Ho‘oulu: our time of beginning. Honolulu, HI: ‘Ai Pohaku Press.

Cherry, K. (2013). Theories of intelligence. About.com. http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/p/intelligence.htm. Accessed 08 April 2015.

Dornhaus, A. (2010). Evolution of mind and brain. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lecture at University of Arizona 09 March 2010. YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_jODjsFt6w/. Accessed 08 April 2015.

Eisler, R. T. (1988). The Chalice and the Blade: our history, our future. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Collins.

Faure, L. (2013). Face-to-face interview with Laurie Faure (ULS elementary teacher) on her involvement with Mindfulness Program. 12 November 2013.

Feinberg, W. & Soltis, J. F. (2009). School and society. 5th ed. New York: Teachers College Press.

Fogelin, R. J. (2001). Berkeley and the principles of human knowledge. New York: Routledge.

Fresco, A. (2011). The Venus Project beyond politics poverty and war. The Venus Project. http://www.thevenusproject.com/. Accessed 08 May 2015.

Gallup (2013). 21st century skills and the workplace: a 2013 Microsoft Partners in Learning and Pearson Foundations Study. Global Youth Leadership Institute. https://www.gyli.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/21st_century_skills_Gallup.pdf. Accessed 08 May 2015.

Geertz, C. (1973). The interpretation of cultures: selected essays. New York: Basic Books.

Gegeo, D. W. (1994). Kastom and Bisnis: towards integrating cultural knowledge into rural development in the Solomon Islands. PhD dissertation in Political Sciences. University of Hawai’i.

Guba, E.G. (1990). The paradigm dialog. London: Sage.

King, A. R. Jr., & Brownell, J. A. (1966). The curriculum and the disciplines of knowledge: a theory of curriculum practice. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Kirby, S. L., Greaves, L., & Reid, C. (2006). Experience research social change: methods beyond the mainstream. New York: Broadview Press.

Kirkby, S.L., & McKenna, K. (1989). Experience, research, social change: methods from the margin. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Kuhn, T. (1962). The structure of scientific revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Lincoln, Y. S., & Guba, E. G. (1985). Naturalistic inquiry. London: Sage.

McGaa, E. (2005). Nature’s way: native wisdom for living in balance with the earth. San Francisco, CA: Harper Collins.

Morris, T. (2006). Social work research methods: four alternative paradigms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Neuman, W. L. (2007). Basics of social research: qualitative and quantitative approaches. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Pearson.

Pirsig, R. M. (1974). Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. An inquiry into values. New York: William Morrow & Company.

Pollack, H. N. (2003). Uncertain science...uncertain world. New York: University of Cambridge Press.

Siegel, D. (2012). The developing mind. How relationships and the brain interact to shape who we are. 2nd ed. New York: Guilford Press.

Snively, G., & Corsiglia, J. (2001). Discovering indigenous science: implications for science education. Science Education, 85(1), 6-34.

Thompson, N. (2014). Wayfinding: intellect and instinct. Hawaiian voyaging traditions. http://pvs.kcc.hawaii.edu/ike/hookele/intellect_and_instinct.html/. Accessed 08 May.2015.

United Nations (2013). New United Nations report urges accountability framework as voluntary commitments galvanize action for sustainability. UN Press Release ENV/DEV/1370 15 July 2013. United Nations. http://www.un.org/press/en/2013/envdev1370.doc.htm. Accessed 08 May 2015.

US Department of Education (2013). US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. US Department of Education. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html/. Accessed 08 May 2015.

Young, K. G. T. (1998). Rethinking the native Hawaiian past. New York: Garland Publishing.

Downloads

Published

2015-12-01

How to Cite

Peel, R. D. (2015). The culture of learning and rationality. Responsibility and Sustainability, 3(3), 77–87. Retrieved from https://responsibility-sustainability.org/index.php/R-S/article/view/66