Journey to Living Theory Development of a Black African (Zulu) Male Educator: The Challenges of Doctoral Research

TitleJourney to Living Theory Development of a Black African (Zulu) Male Educator: The Challenges of Doctoral Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsGumede, JThamsanqa
Refereed DesignationRefereed
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Volume10
Start Page1
Issue2
Pagination1-19
Date Published12/2017
Type of Articleliving theory
ISSN2009-1788
Abstract

This article is an outcome of my doctoral journey and the challenges of developing my living-theory. The aim of the article is to give my readers insights into the journey I undertook. I look at the incommensurability between cultures, i.e. the oral versus the literate, and seek to demonstrate how the differences in culture can be seen as a development of new epistemologies.

I discuss some of the influences of cultural translation (Whitehead, 2016, p. 91, after Santos, 2014) and the links to be made between cultural perspectives. These recommend a movement away from the abstract universalism currently embedded in western-centric philosophies. I show how the development of new hybrid forms of cultural understanding would have helped with the difficulties I encountered as a doctoral student. It is my contention that each culture produces unique and valuable knowledge, which can itself become the means for solving diverse problems. I argue that cultures need what Sienaert (2000) refers to as a 'humble awareness' of our own lack of understanding as a means for solving problems, that cannot be solved if we stick to established but irrelevant theories in terms of the individual challenges being faced (Gumede, 2000 p. 33).

Short TitleJourney to Living Theory Development of a Black African (Zulu) Male Educator
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