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ERIC Number: EJ896884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
Moving Horizons: Exploring the Role of Stories in Decolonizing the Literacy Education of White Teachers
Strong-Wilson, Teresa
International Education, v37 n1 p114-131 Fall 2007
This article considers the place of stories in literacy formation and thus, in producing colonialism, as well as the role they can play in decolonizing formation; a story is understood to provide a perceptual horizon that influences how the teacher carries him/herself in the world. Eighteen white teachers, living in Canada, were invited to be part of a study in which they examined their constructions of "difference" through the reading and discussion of children's stories in teacher literature circles held once a month. Twelve of the teachers were predominantly of white (European or Euro-Canadian) ancestry while six were Indigenous teachers; four were male, fourteen were female. This article focuses on the processes involved in moving and decolonizing storied horizons. It is divided into four sections: (a) "decolonizing" the imagination and what that term means when applied to white teachers; (b) a brief description of the study conducted with the teachers; (c) how colonial formation proceeds through stories; and (d) decolonizing the imagination through story. This is followed by an example of one teacher from the study, "Faye" (all teachers' names are pseudonyms).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada