Title: Non-violence as a Practice of Equality: A Higher Education Experiment in the Global South
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Gaston Bacquet, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
In light of existing social and structural violence in Chilean higher education (exclusion, discrimination, economic segregation and inequality), this research attempts to provide trainee teachers in Chile with a series of tools to deal with the tensions arising from these issues. With the aim to foster more inclusive classroom practices, and through a participatory action research design framed within a series of non-violent, non-Western, decolonial perspectives, this study not only provided co-participants with opportunities to read about, discover and discuss current problems affecting higher education in Chile that stem from the aforementioned violence, but also to think about ways to address these using the above perspectives. As per the principles of participatory action research, the study consists of two iterations of the action research cycle (planning – acting – observing – reflecting) carried out in Chilean higher education classrooms; this presentation depicts the partial findings made after the first of these iterations, including co-participants' recommendations for the upcoming one.
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