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Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Policy and Practice
Decolonizing Community Contexts

ISBN 9780415997690
Published September 8, 2009 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Jennifer Lavia is a Lecturer in Education in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield.

Michele Moore is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield.