Journal article

Knocking, Unsettling, Ceding: A non-Indigenous teacher’s journey towards decolonizing teaching practice in a “remote Indigenous community”

Jessica Gannaway

Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education (NJCIE) | Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences | Published : 2020


This paper explores a reflexive decolonizing framework, arising from a teachers` first four years of teaching practice in an Indigenous community in the North of what is commonly known as Australia[A1]. The paper seeks to frame a connection between the already-established field of teacher self-reflection, and a need for decolonizing ways of knowing in education, to respect and recenter othered knowledge systems. Autoethnography and open-ended interviews are implemented with Indigenous elders, to explore the self-reflection that a non-Indigenous teacher must embrace to begin to decolonize their practice. Drawing on theories of whiteness (Moreton-Robinson, 2000), othering (Staszak, 2009) and t..

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