Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Council on Anthropology and Education
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students
Primary Theme: Teaching
Secondary Theme: Resistance
What can we learn about social change by examining formal and informal educational practices in different cultural spaces? On this panel, we will discuss the connections between context, learner identity, and educational strategies to consider the potential for education to facilitate social change. We seek to re-imagine learning by centering the possibility inherent in education and exploring how various educational strategies have been perceived, interpreted, contested, and extended in different times and places. We will consider questions such as: where does learning take place, and what does it look like? How do historical, cultural, regional, physical, socioeconomic, political, and motivational contexts shape the form, meaning, and outcomes of different educational strategies? What does it mean to decolonise curriculums? How are educationalists and students oriented toward change, within and beyond the classroom? What learning opportunities arise through music, play, and museum field trips? What is brought into view when we examine resistance in educational settings, from young people resisting the hidden curriculum or the banking model of education, to music educationalists refusing to perpetuate deficit models about youth? Can education foster resilience as well as bring about social change? This panel will discuss these questions by drawing on ethnographic research conducted with educationalists and young people in a variety of settings.