The Culture of Individualism and Collectivism in Balancing Accountability and Innovation in Education: An Islamic Perspective
Mohammed Borhandden Musah
Institute of Education, International Islamic University Malaysia
December 18, 2011
OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 2, No. 8, pp. 69-76, 2011
The concept of individualism and collectivism has been widely studied with reference to the cultural elements, which have nothing in common pertaining to integrity. That is, individualism and collectivism always stand in sharp contrast to each other. In other words, these concepts occupy opposing edges of the platform that seeks to shape lifestyle and attitude of societies. In that light, this paper discusses individualism and collectivism from Islamic perspective, highlighting the interplay between these two inseparable concepts. Islam views individualism (accountability) and collectivism (innovation) as foundational and innovative concepts. The former, as fundamental building bricks that constitutes principles of accountability in human activities, and the latter as an innovative element that flourishes from principles of accountability and stipulates human activities. Furthermore, the paper gives insightful implications of individualism and collectivism with particular reference to education.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: individualism, collectivism, accountability, Islamic perspective, innovation, educationAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 19, 2011
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