Journey to Living Theory Development of a Black African (Zulu) Male Educator: The Challenges of Doctoral Research
|Title||Journey to Living Theory Development of a Black African (Zulu) Male Educator: The Challenges of Doctoral Research|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Journal||Educational Journal of Living Theories|
|Type of Article||living theory|
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 Title||Journey to Living Theory Development of a Black African (Zulu) Male Educator|