New Book – Course Syllabi in Faculties of Education

Course Syllabi in Faculties of Education:

Bodies of Knowledge and their Discontents, International and Comparative Perspectives

Editors: André Elias Mazawi & Michelle Stack

EDST Contributors: Maren Elfert, Jo-Ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Hartej Gill, Bathseba Opini, Sam Rocha,  Stephanie Glick, Esraa Al-Muftah, and Meena Uppal.

Course Syllabi in Faculties of Education problematizes one of the least researched phenomena in teacher education, the design of course syllabi, using critical and decolonial approaches. This book looks at the struggles that scholars, policy makers, and educators from a diverse range of countries including Australia, Canada, India, Iran, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the USA, and Zambia face as they design course syllabi in higher education settings. The chapter authors argue that course syllabi are political constructions, representing intense sites of struggles over visions of teacher education and visions of society. As such, they are deeply immersed in what Walter Mignolo calls the “geopolitics of knowledge”. Authors also show how syllabi have become akin to contractual documents that define relations between instructors and students Based on a set of empirically grounded studies that are compared and contrasted, the chapters offer a clearer picture of how course syllabi function within distinct socio-political, economic, and historical contexts of practice and teacher education.

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