Educational Theories and Practices from the Majority World

by Pierre R. Dasen, Abdeljalil Akkari

This work provides a healthy, comprehensive counterpoint to the ethnocentrism engrained in the widespread belief that scientific knowledge about education is typically Western. Stressing that the Western 'minority' perspective cannot hold true for the 'majority' of the world population situated outside Europe and North America, this edited volume explores traditional educational theories and practices developed in the majority world to study how they can improve modern schooling globally.

Educational Theories and Practices from the Majority World probes the elements of culturally appropriate, quality schooling for various indigenous people in India, the Pacific and the Americas. One of the sections dwells on how to synergise the systems used in modern schools with the ones used in non-Western formal schools linked to religious institutions, such as Koranic, Sanskrit, Buddhist and Vodoo schools. Another section delves into educational policy issues in the context of globalization.

This compilation brings together difficult-to-access theories and research by contributors from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. It is an invaluable resource for policy makers in Education and for students, researchers and academicians studying Education and Anthropology.


  • SAGE Publications; December 2008
  • ISBN: 9788132100683
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Educational Theories and Practices from the Majority World
  • Author: Pierre R. Dasen (ed.); Abdeljalil Akkari (ed.)
  • Imprint: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd

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Educational Theories and Practices from the majority world is a scholarly publication…Several chapters and case studies in the book are written in a simple and lucid style which a layperson interested in educational practices around the world can understand and relate to. Well researched and referenced by all the contributors, and with a coherent flow, it is compulsory reading for scholars and post-graduate students in education; and must-hold for any library in an academic setting.