Teacher Education Advancement Network

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There is need to turn up the volume regarding decolonising the curriculum (school and teacher education) given that despite rhetoric, the legacy of colonialism (in its various guises, e.g., neocolonialism, Afrocolonialism and recolonisation) remains embedded in our education systems dominated by historical hegemonic epistemologies. The exclusion (still) of non-western epistemologies in mainstream education elsewhere provides evidence that even in formerly colonised parts of the world, the curriculum remains essentially in a (neo)colonial formation that must be challenged by adopting, inter alia, anticolonial strategies in knowledge-making. In this talk I draw on decolonial and anticolonial perspectives to re-examine why, what, and how to decolonise the curriculum guided by four questions. First, why decolonise the curriculum (e.g., school and teacher education)? Secondly, what, if at all, is already being done to decolonise the curriculum? Third, in what ways can an “envisioned” decolonised curriculum be conceptualised? Finally, how can a decolonised curriculum be actualised? In conclusion, I point out areas for consideration if decolonising the curriculum is to become the reality we envision for education in the postcolonial settlement.
Period12 May 2023
Event typeConference
LocationManchester, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational