Today we explore what it means to decolonize education. My guests are Riyad Shahjahan, Annabelle Estera, and Kirsten Edwards. Together with Kristen Surla, they conducted a literature review of 207 articles about the topic. They show that the very idea of decolonizing takes on diverse meanings and subsequently is put into practice in different ways. They argue there is no one way or best practice to decolonize curriculum or pedagogy. They also detail some of the challenges of actualizing decolonization.
Riyad Shahjahan is an associate professor of higher, adult, and lifelong Education at Michigan State University. Annabelle Estera is an Advisor and Instructor in Graduate Education at Endicott College. Kirsten Edwards is an Associate Professor in educational policy studies at Florida International University.
Their new co-written article is “‘Decolonizing’ curriculum and pedagogy: A comparative review across disciplines and global higher education contexts” published in the Review of Educational Research.
Citation: Shahjahan, Riyad, Estera, Annabelle, Edwards, Kirsten, interview with Will Brehm, FreshEd, 256, podcast audio, October 3, 2021. https://freshedpodcast.com/shahjahan-estera-edwards/