MERN Forum Presentation id=427
MERN Forum # 26
Session: 2A
Author: Chris Brown
Affiliation: Brandon University
Title : Anti-oppressive education: Minding the gap
Description : The purpose of this presentation is to discuss findings from completed doctoral research conducted in the summer of 2010 at the University of Regina. The researcher was studying learning in a course titled Anti-oppressive Education and Teacher Activism that was developed by Dr. Carol Schick. The research aim was to learn about the experiences of participants and to examine the transformative potential of anti-oppressive education. The research drew out personal and systemic barriers that are present when teachers take graduate courses in anti-oppressive education and when they prepare to do justice oriented work in schools and classrooms. Of particular interest is how the theoretical framework and poststructural approach embedded in anti-oppressive education provides a mental space for teachers to “mind the gap” between the untroubled knowledge we take as common sense and our implication in maintaining inequity. The conclusions of this research demonstrate the value of, and need for, anti-oppressive education in graduate programs in education.
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