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Developing DestiniesA Mayan Midwife and Town$
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Barbara Rogoff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195319903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319903.001.0001

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Ways of learning across times and places

Ways of learning across times and places

(p.236) 12 Ways of learning across times and places
Developing Destinies

Barbara Rogoff (Contributor Webpage)

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Although Western and Mayan practitioners sometimes learn from each other through collaboration, often Western medical personnel impose didactic instruction that does not connect with the midwives' ideas or practices. Didactic instruction out of the context of productive activity is uncommon in the Mayan setting. Girls born to be midwives, and other children, learn by many other means: having destinies in common with relatives; being included in the wide range of activities of their community and observing, listening, and pitching in with initiative; hearing narratives and explanations as they participate with others; and developing ideas in dreams and in simulations during play. Now, the rapid increase in Western schooling limits some of these ways of learning for Mayan children. Families of San Pedro are adjusting their interactions with their children, still using some of the traditional ways and trying new ways too.

Keywords:   learning, instruction, collaboration, observation, pitching in, initiative, narratives, dreams, school, western medicine

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