Traditional Knowledge in Policy and Practice

Approaches to Development and Human Well-Being

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Traditional knowledge (TK) has contributed immensely to shaping development and human well-being. Its influence spans a variety of sectors, including agriculture, health, education and governance. However, in today’s world, TK is increasingly underrepresented or under-utilized. Further, while the applicability of TK to human and environmental welfare is well-recognized, collated information on how TK contributes to different sectors is not easily accessible. This book focuses on the relevance of TK to key environment- and development-related sectors, discusses the current debates within each of these sectors and presents suggestions as to how TK can be effectively integrated with conventional science and policy. A valuable resource to researchers, academics and policymakers, Traditional knowledge in policy and practice provides a comprehensive overview of TK, and its links and contributions to social, economic, environmental, ethical and political issues.



Indigenous knowledge and indigenous peoples’ education

Lifelong learning, rather than education, has been the heart and spirit of traditional knowledge (TK) in indigenous societies and civilizations. Traditional knowledge is systemic and holistic, covering both what can be observed and what can be thought; it is tangible and intangible, material and cognitive. It is a complete knowledge system with its own concepts of epistemology, philosophy, and scientific and logical validity, not a collection of stories, ceremonies and objects (Daes, 1994: para. 8).


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