ERIC Number: EJ857406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Rooted in Resistance: Women Teachers Constructing Counter-Pedagogies in Post-Authoritarian Brazil
Jennings, Louise B.; Da Matta, Gylton B.
Teaching Education, v20 n3 p215-228 Sep 2009
This study focuses upon the narratives of women educators ("educadoras") who contributed to radical democratic school reforms in post-authoritarian Brazil. We illustrate through three of the teachers' narratives how their professional identities and actions were shaped partly by their experiences of resisting the military regime and by their participation in professional development opportunities that grew from liberatory social movements. Our analysis focuses on their efforts to construct counter-pedagogies in their disciplines of history, mathematics, and physical education that resisted colonizing, authoritative practices and moved toward more liberatory, humanizing pedagogies. We consider how these counter-pedagogies reflect both women's ways of knowing that emphasize dialogue, collaboration, community, and the value of personal knowledge and relationships, as well as feminist principles of consciousness-raising and social action. This analysis highlights possibilities and challenges of radical democratic reform in education by focusing on the work, experience, and identities of women educators engaged in the day-to-day efforts to bring about lasting change.
Descriptors: Social Action, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Womens Studies, Women Faculty, Resistance (Psychology), Social Change, Critical Theory, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Social Justice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil