International Journal of Art & Design Education

Cultural Interaction and Cultural Change: the Effects and Acculturation on traditional Societies

Volume 5.1   1986



Acculturation – its meanings and its problems – are examined through discussion of its effects (both sociological and psychological) on traditional societies. The process of cultural contact and interaction is described as an educational one – permitting learning, understanding and transformation. On the one hand this is seen as a positive process – a means to understand cultural diffusion, acceptance and change. On the other, it is criticised as leading to alienation and abandonment of traditional ancestral origins and modes of thought. It is argued that its advantages outweigh its disadvantages and in light of colonial educational policies, response is invited to the proposal of acculturation as a model for classroom practice.