Beyond Culture - Study Guide Chap 13, Cultural and Primate Bases of Education Summary & Analysis

Edward T. Hall
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The necessity to establish a balance between form and function is a key ingredient for the success of any species. In the case of mankind, progress in development appears to be curtailed by his lack of understanding of his own basic nature. Of all the basic cultural systems, the process of learning is one of the most widely-applicable forms of cultural determination. Hall's basic thesis is that cultures originating in Europe have institutionalized learning and produced systems that disregard man's basic nature and distort the natural process of learning.

The re-creation of education should be based on a design that incorporates what is known about how man's central nervous system deals with the acquisition, organization, and storage of sensory data. It must also be recognized that man is a primate and that the...

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