This book provides a space in which struggles for indigenous knowledge within communities are articulated, valued, heard, and responded to. The volume takes change as its focus, yet acknowledges that the origins and significance of change are frequently found to be unsettling. Contributors explore different understandings of change that forge sustainable, inclusive and just communities and examine issues related to citizenship, resistance, peacemaking, critical literacies, and second chance opportunities. The authors seek to promote advocacy of change that recognises the importance of an informed engagement with cross-cultural issues in order to foreground those missing perspectives that are often marginalised, silenced, ignored or denied. All contributors are concerned with how the process of change can bridge the gap between social justice and exclusion and develop critical understandings of the implications of changing policy and practice for those within and working with the educational organisations and communities.
Introduction: Education, Community and Change Jennifer Lavia and Michele Moore 1. Political Grace and the Struggle to Decolonize Community Practice Antonia Darder and Zeus Yiamouyiannis 2. Caribbean Thought and the Practice of Community Jennifer Lavia 3. Critical Literacies in Place: Teachers Who Work for Just and Sustainable Communities Barbara Comber 4. Changing Literacies: Schools, Communities and Homes Kate Pahl 5. Culturalism, Difference and Pedagogy: Lessons from Indigenous Education in Brazil Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza and Vanessa Andreotti 6. A SLICE of Life: Changing Perceptions of Community amongst Children and Teachers in Kingston, Jamaica Jane Dodman 7. Inclusion, Narrative and Voices of Disabled Children in Trinidad and St. Lucia Michele Moore 8. Inclusion of Disabled Students in Higher Education in Zimbabwe Tsitsi Chataika 9. Diversity, Democracy and Change in the Inner City: Understanding Schools as Belonging to Communities Evelyn Abram, Felicity Armstrong, Len Barton and Lynne Ley 10. Decolonising the Contexts of the Subaltern Academic Teacher Communities through the Genealogical Method Sechaba Mahlomaholo 11. Adult Education and the Project of Widening Participation Anita Franklin 12. Community Perspectives on Poverty and Poverty Alleviation in the Caribbean Patricia Ellis 13. ‘I Am a Certain Person When I Am Here, It Is Not Who I Am’: Refugees’ Voices within Communities of Change Judith Szenasi. Conclusion: Aspirations for Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Policy and Practice: Decolonizing Community Contexts Jennifer Lavia and Michele Moore