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Asheninka Stories of Change : Sil International Publications in Sociolinguistics - Ronald J Anderson

Asheninka Stories of Change

Sil International Publications in Sociolinguistics

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9781556711022
Number Of Pages: 260

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Modern economic and technological changes are accelerating the rate of social change in indigenous cultures around the world. The Asheninka of the Amazon jungle region of east-central Peru confront change from two perspectives: the individual and the sociohistorical. All Asheninka recall through their stories the four centuries of change since their earliest contacts with Spanish speakers. For the Asheninka, all learning is situated in a complex blend of factors: history, beliefs, motives, practices, and persons. Children learn some skills in a guided manner, similar to apprenticeship, in which an adult consciously aids the child. They learn other skills in a nonguided manner; the child organizes the learning activities, which take the form of dramatic play, solitary experimentation, and collaborative learning with peers. As with learning traditional Asheninka culture, the learning of a new culture is situated in its own complex blend of factors. Increasing contact with Spanish-speakers and increasing dependence on the market economy prompt the Asheninka to give more value to learning Spanish, to organizing into villages, and to giving their children a school education. Anderson's methodology in studying social change and its effects on education are applicable in many other parts of the world.

ISBN: 9781556711022
ISBN-10: 1556711026
Series: Sil International Publications in Sociolinguistics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.35

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