ERIC Number: EJ822453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Good Intentions Are Not Enough: A Decolonizing Intercultural Education
Gorski, Paul C.
Intercultural Education, v19 n6 p515-525 Dec 2008
Despite unquestionably good intentions on the part of most people who call themselves intercultural educators, most intercultural education practice supports, rather than challenges, dominant hegemony, prevailing social hierarchies, and inequitable distributions of power and privilege. In this essay I describe a philosophy of decolonizing intercultural education--an intercultural education dedicated, first and foremost, to dismantling dominant hegemony, hierarchies, and concentrations of power and control. I argue that attaining such an intercultural education requires not only subtle shifts in practice and personal relationships, but also important shifts of consciousness that prepare us to see and react to the socio-political contexts that so heavily influence education theory and practice.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Educational Practices, Theory Practice Relationship, Critical Theory, Social Justice, Social Influences, Political Influences, Shift Studies, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Instructional Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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