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Using collaborative peer engagement to bring a decolonising lens to teaching practice


McLeod, K and Moore, R and Ciftci, S and Vincent, K and Belle, M and Ozkul, D, Using collaborative peer engagement to bring a decolonising lens to teaching practice, Teaching Matters, 21 November 2018, Launceston, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]

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There are growing calls for curriculum and teaching practice to be informed by decolonised perspectives (Smith, 2012; Tuck & Yang 2012; Walter & Baltra-Ulloa, 2016). However, what this means in practical terms needs to be explored and articulated. This poster proposes peer collaborative learning and sharing processes as an effective way to support academics to do this kind of work. We are a small group of non-Aboriginal teachers who deliver a unit about cultural safety and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing to health profession students.

We outline how reflective writing about our teaching practices, and iterative group conversation, enabled ways of relating to each other which created a ‘productive space’. This space supported co-learning processes where: vulnerability became a tool for learning; we could explore the complexity of our racial identities, and we could bring compassion to bear on the challenges associated with this kind of teaching.

We argue our collaborative engagement with each other in this productive, relational space, enabled us to bring a decolonising lens to the doing of our teaching. The poster discusses the implications of resourcing the forms of sociability and emotional support teachers require to bring a decolonising lens to teaching practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:collaboration, reflective practice, pedagogy, decolonisation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:McLeod, K (Dr Kim McLeod)
UTAS Author:Moore, R (Dr Robyn Moore)
UTAS Author:Ciftci, S (Miss Sarah Ciftci)
UTAS Author:Vincent, K (Dr Kate Vincent)
UTAS Author:Belle, M (Dr Melissa Belle)
UTAS Author:Ozkul, D ( Sacide Derya Ozkul Kusoglu)
ID Code:137830
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-05
Last Modified:2020-05-18

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