University of Oulu

Sharanya Menon, Crystal Green, Irène Charbonneau, Elina Lehtomäki & Boby Mafi (2021) Approaching global education development with a decolonial lens: teachers’ reflections, Teaching in Higher Education, 26:7-8, 937-952, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2021.1941845

Approaching global education development with a decolonial lens : teachers’ reflections

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Author: Menon, Sharanya1; Green, Crystal2; Charbonneau, Irène1,3;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Faculty of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
3Faculty of Education, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-12-22


In this paper, we as the teachers and researchers of a course titled Global education development informed by theories of decoloniality, report on our analysis of our self-critical and constructive dialogue on the course design, its underlying assumptions, expectations, implementation, success and needs for improvement. We centered decoloniality from the beginning of the course, problematised binary-thinking and encouraged our students to look at issues within the field of development and education in pluriversal ways. Our gestures toward decolonial pedagogy in the course were complicated by our own entanglements with coloniality as well as structural factors such as the context of Finland, where the colonial past is seldom addressed. Despite these contradictions and challenges, we aspire to continue thinking through decoloniality to decenter the dominant liberal frameworks within global education development.

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Series: Teaching in higher education
ISSN: 1356-2517
ISSN-E: 1470-1294
ISSN-L: 1356-2517
Volume: 26
Issue: 7-8
Pages: 937 - 952
DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2021.1941845
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.