Senior Project Advisor
education, gift, gratitude, reciprocity, knowledge
In this project, I explore what it means to honor knowledge as a gift. This document includes a selection of letters I wrote to my teachers to express my gratitude to them, along with a written narrative in which I describe my vision of an alternative approach to undergraduate education that centers gratitude, reciprocity, and self-determination. This narrative weaves together lessons from emergence theory, Indigenous systems of education, and gift economies to tell a story of a life-sustaining education system that is grounded in the understanding that knowledge is a gift.
Keyes, Tegan, "Honoring the Gift: An epistolary exploration of an alternative approach to learning grounded in reciprocity and gratitude" (2023). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 707.
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