Training Transdisciplinary Educators: Intercultural Learning and Regenerative Practices in Ecuador

Abstract

The main goal of this article is to explain the transdisciplinary training model developed at the National University of Education (UNAE) in Ecuador, based on the ancestral worldviews of Buen Vivir (Good Living). Good Living is a philosophical and political concept of the Kichwa indigenous peoples in the Andean Region, where human beings are interconnected with planet Earth and the whole cosmos. In 2008, Ecuador became the first country in the world to recognize the Rights of Nature in its Constitution, in order to face climate change and to restore the ecological footprint. This article first unifies scientific knowledge with ancestral wisdom, creating an inter-epistemological dialogue using a transdisciplinary approach. Second, the article explores the epistemological notions of transdisciplinary education: self-training, hetero-training, eco-training, and onto-training. Third, the article argues that as a result, Educational Sciences of Good Living emerged to (re)design regenerative cultures that face socio-ecological challenges of the Anthropocene age. In sum, the article argues that training transdisciplinary educators implies an intercultural, decolonial, and biocentric approach that promotes their inner spiritual self-awareness, among other perceptive, affective, emotional, rhetorical, poetic, epistemic, creative, artistic, cognitive, and philosophical dimensions.

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    See the following newspaper’s publication: https://www.eltelegrafo.com.ec/noticias/sociedad/6/la-unae-obtuvo-el-ojo-de-plata-por-su-aporte-social-y-principio-solidario.

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    The quincunx is the base of Amerindian iconography. This refers to the relation of reciprocity between five elements in dialectic correspondence whereby it is possible to think in dimensions that are different from the general dialectic process which builds on the relation: thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. In the scheme provided by the quincunx the relation would be: thesis, antithesis, synthesis, difference, otherness. The scheme is dynamic and allows for a relation between 7 and 9 components.

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Collado-Ruano, J., Madroñero-Morillo, M. & Álvarez-González, F. Training Transdisciplinary Educators: Intercultural Learning and Regenerative Practices in Ecuador. Stud Philos Educ 38, 177–194 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11217-019-09652-5

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Keywords

  • Ecological footprint
  • Environmental awareness
  • Rights of nature
  • Regenerative development
  • Transdisciplinary attitude