Teacher Professionalism in the Global South: A Decolonial Perspective

Leon Tikly, Rafael Mitchell, Angeline Barrett, Poonam Batra, Alexandra Bernal, Leanne Cameron, Alf Coles, Zawadi Juma, Nidia Aviles Nunez, Julia Paulson, Nigusse Weldemariam Reda, Jennifer Rowsell, Michael Tusiime, Beatriz Vejarano

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This book provides a decolonial critique of dominant global agendas concerning teacher professionalism and proposes a new understanding based on UNESCO-funded research with teachers based in Colombia, Ethiopia (Tigray), India, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Outlining from a teacher’s perspective how teacher professionalism may be conceptualized, this book critiques dominant global narratives and conceptions based on deficit discourses. The authors argue that a decolonial lens can help to contextualize the perspectives, experiences and material conditions of teachers in the global South, and the value of such a framework for informing global debates and decision-making in education.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Bristol University Press
Number of pages128
ISBN (Electronic)9781529242676
ISBN (Print)9781529242669
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2024

Publication series

NameBristol Studies in Comparative and International Education
PublisherBristol University Press


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