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ERIC Number: EJ1087340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
Voices of the Oppressed and Oppressors First, History and Theory Last
Ribkoff, Fred; Mirfakhraie, Amir
College Quarterly, v18 n3 Sum 2015
The authors illustrate the process of a radical pedagogical paradigm shift from the teaching of oppression within historical and theoretical frameworks to a focus on the voices and experiences of the oppressed and oppressors uninterrupted by voices of the experts. This paradigmatic change evolved as a result of co-teaching a fourth-year global studies course with a month-long seminar on the Holocaust. More specifically, this paper explores the journey of moving away from a traditional method of teaching genocide and racism in which the voices of victims and perpetrators of oppression are situated within historical and theoretical or expert frames of reference to a focus on such voices and student responses to them--"survivors by proxy"--first, while introducing history and theory after students have formulated their own dialogically-based frames of understanding systemic forms of oppression.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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