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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Perantoni, Esther Schwartz
URN etd-11202012-040235
Title Earth-self interconnections :an exploration into the significance for continued global and individual growth
Degree Master of Science
Department Adult and Continuing Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Boucouvalas, Marcie Committee Chair
Chalofsky, Neal E. Committee Member
Depczenski, R. G. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Adult education
Date of Defense 1987-06-15
Availability restricted
Abstract

The significance of the Earth-Self interconnections for , personal and planetary growth was explored in this inquiry. Because Native Americans are a people who traditionally have been tangibly and consciously aware of Earth-Self interconnectedness, their philosophy that all life is connected was used as an example in examining the Earth-Self interrelationship. This foundation was followed by an elucidation of possible methods of integrating, through experiential and academic means, these interconnections with individual lifestyles and attitudes; and the potential results investigated.

Education is perceived as both a formal and informal process. Learning is a process of opening - to other ideas, philosophies, awarenesses - formally in the classroom and informally through multitudes of experiences. Conceptually, Native people believe opening is a process of balancing; what is reflected out, is mirrored back. A balanced individual is the reflection of a balanced earth.

It is argued that pollutions and meteorological changes are indicative of the Earth's present imbalance. We mirror that imbalance. As a challenge posed in this thesis, by opening and becoming aware of the Earth-Self interrelationship, can we not rebalance wholistically? This inquiry explores the potential of rebalancing.

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