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Local Knowledge Case Statement

What is Local Knowledge?

Local Knowledge is a complex set of knowledge systems rooted in the context of a community within a defined territory, collectively owned and shared by the people, and identifies with their way of life. It provides an understanding of the experiences of the people rooted from a common history that generates similar worldviews and appreciation of their immediate, extended and external environments. These include native theories, beliefs and spirituality, customs and traditions, including practices and local technology, and insights of the elders in the community as well as the significant teaching of folklores which reflectslessons emanating from indigenous myths and legends. It is dynamic, evolving, non-discriminatory, and inclusive of the adaptive capacities of people to embrace change including its recognition of the psycho-social function of popular culture of the masses in society.

Local Knowledge in Whole Person Education

Stemming from a contextual and cultural framework of knowledge, AUDRN views education in a holistic approach that covers the intellectual, spiritual, humane, social and physical development of students. Local knowledge provides students with relevant perspectives in knowing, understanding, and actualizing education. In the midst of a globalized world and people's interconectedness through virtual reality, local knowledge enables students to analyze and distinguish problems, create and perform solutions, and evaluate and decide what steps to take based on their own situated circumstances.