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Zembylas, Michalinos; Loukaidis, Loizos; Antoniou, Marios – European Educational Research Journal, 2019
This article is based on a year-long ethnographic research project on religious education (RE) in Greek-Cypriot schools and provides empirical evidence about the complexities emerging from teachers' attempts to address peace and security issues in a 'conflict-affected society'. The study shows that the reproduction of peace and security issues…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religious Education, Educational Practices, Ethnography
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Antoniou, Petroula; Zembylas, Michalinos – Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 2019
The aim of this study was to investigate Greek-Cypriot primary school teachers' and students' perceptions of the concept of refugee using a phenomenological-interpretive framework. The value of a phenomenological study was to gain a deeper understanding of the roots of participants' perceptions of refugeehood as well as how those perceptions were…
Descriptors: Refugees, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Phenomenology
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Zembylas, Michalinos – Studies in Philosophy and Education, 2019
This paper discusses Butler's theory on the possibility of precarity to serve as the nexus of ethical relations, while also exploring some of the pitfalls of her theorization to reconceptualize the pedagogical implications of a "critical pedagogy for precarity." In particular, the paper asks: How can precarity--understood as an…
Descriptors: Social Action, Political Attitudes, Critical Theory, Ethics
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Zembylas, Michalinos; Loukaidis, Loizos; Antoniou, Marios; Antoniou, Petroula – British Journal of Religious Education, 2019
The purpose of the present article is twofold: first, to examine whether epistemic switching is documented in the context of religious education; and second, if it is, to show the challenges as well as the strategies that teachers utilise when they engage in epistemic switching. The context of our study is religious education in the Greek-Cypriot…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Beliefs, Epistemology, Attitude Change
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Zembylas, Michalinos – Studies in Philosophy and Education, 2018
This article tries to defend the position that Holocaust Education can be enriched by appreciating laughter and humor as critical and transformative forces that not only challenge dominant discourses about the Holocaust and its representational limits, but also reclaim humanity, ethics, and difference from new angles and juxtapositions. Edgar…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Death, Jews, European History
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Zembylas, Michalinos – Critical Studies in Education, 2018
This article argues that there is an urgent need to engage with a deeper analysis of the contemporary culture of "political depression" and its affective implications in human rights education (HRE). In particular, the article focuses on the following questions: How might a theorization of political depression be relevant to efforts that…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Teaching Methods, Trauma, History
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Zembylas, Michalinos; Loukaidis, Loizos; Antoniou, Marios – Journal of Beliefs & Values, 2018
This article investigates Greek-Cypriot primary school teachers' challenges to enact critical hermeneutics in religious education (RE) within a confessional context. Critical hermeneutics combines elements from critical and hermeneutical theories, emphasising the importance of grounding the conceptualisation of religious and secular truth-claims…
Descriptors: Hermeneutics, Elementary School Teachers, Religious Education, Ethics
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Zembylas, Michalinos – South African Journal of Education, 2018
This article is an attempt to bring theoretical concepts offered by decolonial theories into conversation with 'humanising pedagogy.' The question that drives this analysis is: What are the links between humanisation and the decolonisation of higher education, and what does this imply for pedagogical praxis? This intervention offers valuable…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Higher Education, Foreign Policy, Humanization
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Zembylas, Michalinos – Journal of Peace Education, 2018
This paper focuses on the limitations of the Eurocentric modernist framework that undergirds Freirean theory and critical pedagogy in relation to critical peace education, highlighting in particular the contributions of post-colonial and decolonial thinking. The paper posits that critical approaches to peace education need to consider these…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Peace, Critical Theory, Race
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Zembylas, Michalinos – Ethics and Education, 2018
The present paper theorises white discomfort as not an individual psychologised emotion, but rather as a social and political affect that is part of the production and maintenance of white colonial structures and practices. Therefore, it is suggested that white discomfort cannot be critically addressed merely in pedagogic terms and conditions…
Descriptors: Race, Teaching Methods, Whites, Foreign Policy
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Zembylas, Michalinos – Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, 2018
Within the broad Freirean paradigm that dominates critical pedagogy, there is a tendency to assume that affects such as love, hope, and empathy as well as revolutionary agency are naturally occurring in all human beings and that conscientization will eventually lead to empowerment for change (Amsler 2011). However, it is not clear how the workings…
Descriptors: Empathy, Foreign Policy, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods