Welcoming the Child into the Circle of Understanding

Author: Vicki Kelly

Address: Vicky Kelly, Faculty of Education,, Simon Fraser University,8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6. E-mail: vicki_kelly@sfu.ca

Source: Child Health and Education; 2009, Vol. 1, Iss. 1, pp. 32-43.

ISSN: 1911-7558

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Language: English


In this article an educational and methodological orientation that is rooted in a holistic integrative paradigm and an Indigenous worldview is presented. It is written from the viewpoint of an Indigenous pedagogical practice, that of Indigenous storytelling. This storytelling tradition is a way of presenting Indigenous knowledge as well as of facilitating the following of an inherently Indigenous logic or way of thinking. Both were intertwined within the narrative of the story; the knowing and the way of knowing were aesthetically woven into the telling. This created a learning pathway that, when traversed, nurtured understanding and the creative capacity to participate more fully in the world. This pedagogical practice, written from an Indigenous worldview, will therefore challenge many existing understandings as it creatively juxtaposes contemporary educational perspectives with Indigenous wisdom traditions.

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