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Exploring cultural diversity through the lens of the practice of gratitude in education


Howells, K, Exploring cultural diversity through the lens of the practice of gratitude in education, The International Journal of Diversity in Education, 13, (2) pp. 41-52. ISSN 2327-0020 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Many thinkers in the fields of philosophy, sociology, positive psychology, theology, and anthropology have discussed the central place of the conscious expression of gratitude to enrich our relationships and sense of community. Most recently, social anthropologist Margaret Visser has provided an important basis upon which to consider cultural differences in the ways in which we express gratitude, and the miscommunication that can occur if we are not sensitive to these differences. This paper brings together such discourse to postulate how the conscious practice of gratitude can assist us to more fully value diversity in the context of education. It argues that the potential of such a notion lies in its requirement that we look beyond our self-interest and come to know the other before we can give back in ways that can be appropriately and meaningfully acknowledged and received. Key hypotheses underlying the theoretical exploration of the paper are illustrated with vignettes from teachers with considerable experience in Australian indigenous and Maori education.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gratitude, Aboriginal education, Maori education, teacher professional developmentpment
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Howells, K (Dr Kerry Howells)
ID Code:89756
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-03-13
Last Modified:2017-12-02

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