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Using the pluriverse concept to critique eurocentrism in education

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McLeod, K ORCID: 0000-0001-6922-7615, Ozkul, D, Moore, R, Vincent, K, Ciftci, S and Robinson, D 2019 , 'Using the pluriverse concept to critique eurocentrism in education', paper presented at the Teaching Matters, 26 November, Hobart, Tasmania.

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As universities attract more diverse student populations, teachers need to interrogate and transform how Eurocentrism underpins educational practice. This presentation argues teachers can actively engage with decolonial frameworks and concepts to shape teaching practice and curriculum in an inclusive direction. We describe how six teachers ‘walked with’ the concept of the pluriverse (a sense of multiple co-existingdifferences) during collaborative reflections about our teaching practice. Our research processes were underpinned by the principles of collective autoethnography and collaborative reflective practice. We coparticipatedin conversations where we aimed to collectively explore how the pluriverse concept intersects with our teaching, and undertook qualitative co-analysis of themes emerging across all the conversations.The presentation outlines how having the pluriverse concept as a companion to our reflective process enabled us to ask critical questions about Eurocentrism in our teaching practice and content. Our questioning in turn generated principles for embedding the pluriverse in curriculum, pedagogical approaches and teacher dispositions. The presentation discusses what enables and hinders the pluriverse being embedded in curriculum materials and classroom activities, and the limitations of our activities in relation tothe broader project of decolonising pedagogy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:McLeod, K and Ozkul, D and Moore, R and Vincent, K and Ciftci, S and Robinson, D
Keywords: decolonisation, pedagogy, collaborative reflection, reflective practice, pluriverse
Journal or Publication Title: Teaching Matters
Publisher: Tasmanian Institute of Learning & Teaching
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Copyright 2019 University of Tasmania

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