This revised edition of the original ‘Native Learning Styles: An Assessment Tool’ retains much of the same information that has made this book so popular over the years. The updated version incorporates the findings of Diane Hill’s Masters thesis through Saint Francis Xavier University, entitled ‘Holistic Learning: A Model of Education Based on Aboriginal Cultural Philosophy’.
“According to Native traditional teachings, a human being consists of four parts—spirit, heart (emotion), mind and body. In a holistic learning process, the adult learner is encouraged to develop him/herself as a ‘whole person’ who has the capacity to balance his/her spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical energies and capabilities.
Whole person development is achieved by helping the adult learner to identify and then, to develop his/her innate human capacities to spiritually see, to emotionally fell, to mentally think, and to physically do. Once the adult learner is familiar with and has developed each of these four aspects of self, then she or he must find a way to balance these capacities first, within his/her self, and then, second, in his/her interactions within ever-expanding circles of relationship and involvement with the outside world”