Volume 2- Concepts and Theoretical Frameworks
Chapter 7: Postcolonial curriculum concepts
· 7 · postcolonial curriculum concepts Introduction Postcolonialism, in the interstices of curriculum theory, is a crucial area of study for students interested in issues of colonialism, racism, and the ways in which education has been complicit with colonial aspirations. After study- ing postcolonialism students might begin to wonder about issues around the canon and tradition. The ideas of canon formation and tradition are political. Whose knowledge is of most worth? Out of what tradition is our knowledge born? What does this tradition mean? Whose tradition do students inherit and why? These are political questions. Outline of Chapter Postcolonialism is (post). But what exactly does this (post) mean? This is where the discussion on the postcolonial will begin. I will engage in a discus- sion of (mis)education and the colonial. I will examine the ways in which colonial peoples have resisted colonialism. I will explore the psychological problems that colonial rule causes. Toward the latter part of this chapter I will discuss what is called “anticolonial education.” Anticolonial education 210 curriculum studies guidebooks, volume 2 offers a critique of the notion of the postcolonial and approaches problems of colonialism in different ways. The (Post)colonial A topic of discussion among scholars of the postcolonial is whether the colo- nial is really (post) at all. What is “post” about the colonial? One of the most important scholars of the postcolonial, Edward Said (1994b), raises this ques- tion in his well-known book Orientalism. Said states, “Twenty-five years after its publication, Orientalism once again...
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