Utilising Internal Knowledge Systems to Enlighten External Constructs
"Kia kaha, kia tu tangata! Fa’amalosi! Sapare aude!" (Have courage to use your own understanding). To engage in the natural consequence of education in the social world, we rely on the guidance of the ‘other’. This self-incurred reliance is not because of a lack of understanding, but because of a lack of resolution and courage to utilise our own understanding and perceptions independent of external guidance. We are descendants of philosophers, navigators, speculators, traders, economists, healers, strategists and leaders. They learnt to adapt to the changing complexities, strengthening relationships within their environments. Have we forgotten that our ancestors lived in their worlds of education too? What strategies can we utilise today, to enhance our position in this world of education? This paper attempts to illuminate particular cultural conventions and unique internal knowledge systems that can enhance Māori and Samoa contributions to education.
Keywords: Internal Knowledge Systems, External Constructs, Natural Consequence, Education, Cultural Conventions
Lecturer, School of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, Victoria University
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