Dreaming New Visions: Indigenous thinkers on decolonising education.

Bagelman, Caroline (Carly) (2020) Dreaming New Visions: Indigenous thinkers on decolonising education. Educational Futures BESA, 11 (2). pp. 41-62. ISSN 1758-2199

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Decolonial thinking and action must grapple with the antithetical nature of education: that it has the potential to both liberate and oppress. In the Canadian context, for instance, settler society used residential schools in the assimilationist mission to ‘kill the Indian’ in the Indigenous child, and education is now considered by Indigenous leaders as a site for building more just relations (TRC, 2012; Donald, 2011). This article turns close attention to two Indigenous theorists to think through this tension: Linda Tuhiwei Smith, and Sandy Grande. While Smith’s work considers research methods, and is generally taken up within higher education to examine and inform research design and ethics, the focus of this paper is on the implications of her arguments for education and pedagogy specifically (Smith, 2012). Grande’s work looks explicitly at education, and within a cultural and historical backdrop distinct from Smith’s: Indigenous peoples and schooling in America (Grande, 2015). This article advances that in positioning these theorists together, it is possible to see key themes emerge across different contexts. In particular, it illuminates how colonisation operates through epistemic violence articulated and reproduced through education, and how making space for subjugated knowledges through education is a key step in decolonisation. Crucially, it is suggested in this paper, this must involve pedagogical shifts that reflect the subjugated knowledges of colonised peoples, and not simply curricular nods to their cultures, histories and experiences as is often the case in liberal institutions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This article has been published in Educational Futures, Volume 11 No 2 2020. It is available online at: https://educationstudies.org.uk/journal/ef/volume-11-2-2020/dreaming-new-visions/
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Carly Bagelman
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 09:59
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 09:20
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3129

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