Exploring Complexities in Using Student Voice in Pedagogy for Decolonizing: A Reading/Workshop

Exploring Complexities in Using Student Voice in Pedagogy for Decolonizing: A Reading/Workshop

Brooke Madden and Heather E. McGregor

April 29, 2014

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CTLT Aboriginal Initiatives is glad to host this workshop as their last Classroom Climate Series session for the spring semester.

Have you ever facilitated or participated in a learning activity that could be thought of or designed as a decolonizing pedagogy, in which student stories/voices/sharing are centered in the activity? How did it make you feel, and how did it make you think? Brooke and Heather have recently explored the complexities of pedagogy for decolonizing through their own experiences as graduate students in the Faculty of Education, with attention to the expectation that a call for student voice results in the production of decolonizing outcomes. This workshop will begin by outlining some prevailing ideas about pedagogy for decolonizing, followed by a reading by Brooke and Heather in which they share a story about facilitating an activity that addressed Indigenous-non-Indigenous relationships. They will then engage workshop participants in exploring experiences that arise from pedagogy for decolonizing. They will ask for feedback about what kinds of issues students/instructors at UBC would benefit from working through in relation to such pedagogies, even when they are challenging.


Brooke Madden is a PhD student in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. Her primary research interests include Indigenous education with/in teacher education, teacher identity, and the shared spaces amongst Indigenous and poststructural theories. She continues to support UBC’s required teacher education course Aboriginal Education in Canada through development and implementation of an online learning resource for teacher educators and candidates.

Heather E. McGregor is a PhD candidate affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Heather is from Nunavut, where she continues to work and research. In 2010 she published Inuit Education and Schools in the Eastern Arctic (UBC Press). Her research interests include: Nunavut’s curriculum and policy history, residential schools history, Indigenous historical consciousness, history and social studies education, and decolonization.

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