Humanization in decolonizing educational research: a tree of life metaphor

Baynes, Renee (2015) Humanization in decolonizing educational research: a tree of life metaphor. In: Paulo Freire: the global legacy. Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education, 500. Peter Lang, New York, pp. 103-114. ISBN 978-1-4331-2531-7

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The Tree of Life is an ancient motif that appears in many cultures and religions. The Tree is symbolic of the interconnected nature of our world(s) and is often used as a reminder of the sacredness of life and its connection to the Earth. This chapter uses the metaphor of the Tree of Life to explore the methodology of Participatory Action Research in a decolonizing educational project. A group of science teachers explored the possibilities of the mandated inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures in the new national Australian Curriculum. The chapter connects Freirean ideas of conscientizção and humanization through the processes explored by the teachers and the educational outcomes sought. The importance of nourishment, protection and interconnectedness related to the Tree of Life is explored in this context.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to Submitted version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 07:30
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 05:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: Participatory Action Research, decolonizing educational research, conscientizção, Paulo Freire, humanisation, Indigenous methodologies
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified

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