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ERIC Number: EJ1204911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2202-493X
Comparatively Speaking: Notes on Decolonizing Research
Kidman, Joanna
International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, v17 n4 p1-10 2018
This paper is a version of the author's Keynote Address at the Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (OCIES) Annual Conference on November 21, 2018. She talks about the history of comparative education and how the it relates to the Oceania region. It is a field that relies heavily on accounts of Oceanic lives and classrooms written by scholars who are not always, themselves, rooted in or accountable to the communities that they study. All too often, comparative education researchers are travelers in those worlds and, in some cases, they are simply passing through on their way to their next study or research grant. She has no doubt that most of these scholar-travelers care a great deal about the schools and the classrooms and the people they meet along the way. But the problem is that the benefits of those encounters that take place in indigenous or Pacific or marginalized educational space tend to flow more directly towards them in terms of promotions, professional recognition and academia's other "glittering prizes". The benefits are frequently much less evident for the people living in those communities. So, if scholars are committed to transformation and to decolonizing the field of inquiry then these are the questions that they need to ask. In the end, the author feels there needs to be a kind of soul-searching that scholars need to do from time to time. This kind of reflection offers a range of choices in comparative and international education
Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society. ANZCIES Secretariat, Curtin University, Box U1987, Perth, WA Australia. Tel: +61-8-9266-7106; Fax: +61-8-9266-3222; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand