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Disrupting Preconceptions: Postcolonialism and Education

By Anne Hickling-Hudson, Julie Matthews, Annette Woods



Finally, a collection that brings needed scope, focus, and diversity to postcolonial studies in education. Its authors deliver pertinent, unsettling analysis of pervasive colonial legacies, matched by postcolonial conceptions of knowledge and culture, as well as exciting approaches to teaching and learning. The welcomed volume offers a rare globally distributed set of perspectives that establish the currency of postcolonial perspectives as both critically productive and forward-looking ways of knowing.

John Willinsky
Professor in Language and Literacy Education
Pacific Press Professor in Literacy and Technology
University of British Columbia, Canada

This is a fine collection of papers, from some leading educational scholars. They argue that the contemporary corporatised policies of education such as international education limit the possibilities of transformative practice. They demonstrate how the local (the national) and the global (the imperial) are interconnected phenomena, acting upon one another to construct indigeneity and racialised identities, and even hybridization, in ways that engender inequalities, restrict human rights, and infringe on the democratic and civil rights of the colonised and the marginalised. At the same time, they point to the possibilities of resistance, conditions that provide pedagogic opportunities for the creation of counter-hegemonic ideas, expressions, practices and structures. This book is highly recommended.

Fazal Rizvi
Professor in Educational Policy Studies
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

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Table of Contents

Education, postcolonialism and disruptions
Anne Hickling-Hudson, Julie Matthews and Annette Woods


Section 1 - Curriculum and change: Subjugated knowledge and representational practice


  • Indigenous knowledge and the cultural interface: Underlying issues at the intersection of knowledge and information systems
    Martin Nakata
  • The challenge to deculturalisation: Discourses of ethnicity in the schooling of indigenous children in Australia and the USA
    Anne Hickling-Hudson and Roberta Ahlquist
  • The role of multicultural literature as a counter-force to the literary canon
    Thomas W Bean
  • Transforming the study of visual culture: Postcolonial theory and the ethically reflexive student
    Christopher Crouch, Dean Chan and Nicola Kaye
  • Tensions in the decolonisation process: Disrupting preconceptions of postcolonial education in the Lao People's democratic republic
    Christine Fox


Section 2 - Educational systems and structures: Reinscribing colonialism


  • Globalisation and education in Sub-Saharan Africa: A postcolonial analysis
    Leon Tikly
  • Reforming education structures in the postcolonial world: The case of South Africa
    Pam Christie
  • The benev(i)olence of imperial education Helen Tiffin
  • The Singapore education system: Postcolonial encounter of the Singaporean kind
    Aaron Koh


Section 3 - Pedagogical interface: Fractured identities and asymmetrical power


  • Perverse hybridisations, queering postcolonial pedagogies
    Vicki Crowley
  • Racism, racialisation and settler colonialism
    Julie Matthews and Lucinda Aberdeen
  • Offshore Australian higher education: A case study of pedagogic work in Indonesia
    Parlo Singh
  • The political context of English language teaching in East Timor
    Roslyn Appleby

On postcolonial education and beyond: An afterword
Allan Luke



Disrupting Preconceptions: Postcolonialism and Education

Published: 2004
Pages: xii+264
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