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Educational Theories and Practices from the Majority World draws attention to ethnocentrism in educational research and practice. Whether it is educational theory, research or educational practices, most of the discourse is strongly marked by one single model, Western, so-called “modern” schooling. Scientific knowledge about education is typically seen as Western, and non-Western contexts are made subject to Western paradigms of inquiry.
This book counters this Western ethnocentrism and suggests some means to fight it. The Western perspective stems from a minority and it does not represent the majority of the world population that is situated outside of Europe and North-America. For millennia, various forms of educational theory and practices have been developed all over the world, and these are still in existence even though they may be ignored and despised by mainstream educational science. What does this wealth of educational forms have to offer in terms of innovative ideas? Could some of these be used to improve the quality and the appropriateness of modern schooling everywhere in the world?
The book contains contributions by authors from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. Several of them usually write in French or in Spanish, which will permit access to theories and research not always covered in English.
Chapter 7: The Decolonization of Aboriginal1 Education: Dialogue, Reflection, and Action in Canada
The Decolonization of Aboriginal1 Education: Dialogue, Reflection, and Action in Canada
It is only through the decolonization of our minds, if not our hearts, that we can begin to develop the necessary political clarity to reject the enslavement of colonial discourse that creates false dichotomy between Western and Indigenous knowledge
Education is not just in a state of crisis for Aboriginal peoples, but in a state of crisis for Canadians in general. This chapter offers an analysis and conclusions regarding these crises, raising issues and questions I consider necessary for educational reform in Aboriginal education in particular and in education in general. Each crisis can benefit from an ethical and inclusive decolonized practice of ...