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Using the pluriverse concept to critique Eurocentrism in education

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McLeod, K and Moore, R and Robinson, D and Ozkul, D and Ciftci, S and Vincent, K, Using the pluriverse concept to critique Eurocentrism in education, Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, 3, (Special Issue No. 1) pp. 30-39. ISSN 2591-801X (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.4

Abstract

It is widely acknowledged that teachers need to interrogate and transform how Eurocentrism underpins educational practice. This paper argues that teachers can actively engage with decolonial frameworks and concepts to productively expose how Eurocentric categories of thought shape teaching practice and curriculum. We describe how six teachers "walked with" the decolonial concept of the pluriverse (a sense of multiple coexisting differences) during collaborative reflections about our diversity teaching of culturally safe healthcare. Our research processes drew on the principles of collaborative, reflective practice. We co-participated in conversations, which aimed to collectively explore how the pluriverse concept intersected with our teaching and undertook qualitative coanalysis of themes emerging across these dialogues. The paper outlines how employing the pluriverse concept as a companion to our reflective process enabled us to ask critical questions about Eurocentrism in our teaching practice and content. Our questioning, in turn, generated principles for embedding the pluriverse in the curriculum, pedagogical approaches, and teacher dispositions. The paper discusses what enables and hinders the pluriverse being embedded in curriculum materials and classroom activities and the limitations of our activities in relation to the broader project of decolonising pedagogy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:collaborative reflection, decolonisation, pedagogy, reflective practice, pluriverse
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:McLeod, K (Dr Kim McLeod)
UTAS Author:Moore, R (Dr Robyn Moore)
UTAS Author:Robinson, D (Mr Duncan Robinson)
UTAS Author:Vincent, K (Dr Kate Vincent)
ID Code:141131
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2020-09-28
Last Modified:2021-04-26
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