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Access to and participation in education are critical issues in contemporary South Africa. Awareness of inclusiveness and equality is not recent, having possibly first been described in the dawn of the millennium by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Drawing from the current framings in the SADC education systems the contributors argue that ICT has a key role to play in transformation, Africanisation and decolonisation of education.

Contributors are: Skye Adams, Najma Agherdien, Andrew Crouch, Andries Du Plessis, Nazira Hoozen, Katijah Khosa-Shangase, Mhulaheni Maguvhe, Khetsiwe Masuku, Sharon Moonsamy, Munyane Mophosho, Nomfundo Moroe, Ramashego Shila Mphahlele, Ndileleni Mudzielwana, Shonisani Mulovhedzi, Anniah Mupawose, Mapula Ngoepe, Moshe Phoshoko, Dhanashree Pillay, Roshni Pillay, Ben Sebothoma and Susan Thuketana.
Volume Editors: Tarquam McKenna, Donna Moodie, and Pat Onesta
How should new knowledge systems for the academy be reflective of a 60,000-year-old Aboriginal histories? Indigenous Knowledges: Privileging Our Voices offers an answer to this question with generative and sometimes challenging narratives and addresses a unique higher education situation in Australia. At NIKERI Institute, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous academics engage in collaborative discipline-specific learning and teaching. In this collection of writings, these joint and sole authors find ways to present their world views to scholars, Indigenous communities and researchers alike. Knowledge systems and ways of knowing are made accessible in 10 chapters building on occasions of reflection as communities of practice positioned around Australia’s unique indigeneity as known at NIKERI. The notion of respectful encounter is at the heart of these chapters. Depth ecology, personal and collective narratives along with other ways to deliver research design and teacher education are considered through the lens of Indigenous Knowing in this unique community of academics at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
The Power of Autoethnographic Narratives in Education
Educational reality is weaved within stories, poems, and dialogues, as the author demonstrates his becoming of a transformative educator. Transformative learning is important for teachers to think about their practices, change their thinking, and share the stories of their experience for learners’ empowerment.

This is an autoethnographic account of the author's experience as a transformative and transforming educator that unfolds the ways he has used ethical dilemma story pedagogy to explore interpretative and creative spaces for transformative learning, both personally and with a group of trainee teachers who take the responsibility to facilitate students’ learning into a purposeful path. The ethical dilemma story pedagogy provides relatable scenarios to challenge and unsettle learners’ thought processes leading to acknowledgment of multiple viewpoints. Theorising Transformative Learning serves to help educators utilise the sociocultural contexts connected to students’ lives and experiences.
Author: Alexis Kokkos
We live in a socio-cultural reality which is dominated by an entrepreneurial and instrumental rationality, as well as by a discriminative and populist mentality. Questioning the validity of taken-for-granted sovereign perspectives is thus of vital importance. Our contact with art can serve as a pathway through which we might be empowered to identify false life values and develop the disposition and ability to challenge them.

The learning potential of aesthetic experience is, however, barely exploited within educational systems. In addition, although major scholars have contributed to a deeper understanding of the liberating dimension of processing important artworks, there has been surprisingly little discussion in the relevant literature focusing on educational practice.

Exploring Art for Perspective Transformation provides a comprehensive analysis and synthesis of theoretical views pertaining to the emancipatory process of exploring art. Moreover, it presents the educational method Transformative Learning through Aesthetic Experience (TLAE), with reference to particular examples of implementation. TLAE is addressed to adult educators and school teachers regardless of the subject they teach and their theoretical background on aesthetics. It involves engaging learners in exploring works from fine arts, literature, theatre, cinema and music with a view to promoting critical reflection on one’s potentially problematic perspectives.
A Guidebook of Practices, Claims, Issues, and Implications
In this volume, the author offers an exploratory analysis of the history of homeschooling in the United States, current curricular practices, religious and political rationales for homeschooling, a critique of the claims by homeschooling advocates that the practice leads to greater efficiency and effectiveness, and what homeschooling and individualistic-oriented approaches mean for society.

Teaching the next generation at home is, with little doubt, the oldest form of educating children. Yet, this simplistic understanding of “homeschooling” does not adequately capture the growth of homeschooling as a practice in the 21st century nor is it a widely accessible form of “school choice” for most families. While many parents keep their children out of formal schooling – public and private – for myriad reasons, what is clear is that homeschooling is the epitome of a conceiving of education as an individualistic good – a commodity – that can, or should, be done outside of a conception of the common good, a reasonable understanding of teaching as a profession, and the elevation of ideological echo chambers of information which can have deleterious impacts on the students who are homeschooled and society, broadly.

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Homeschooling advocates generally make two overarching claims about the benefits of homeschooling: that the practice is more effective and more efficient than public education. This chapter explores those claims of effectiveness through a critical lens and offers a more nuanced analysis of the connection between homeschooling and academic outcomes.

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Homeschooling advocates generally make two overarching claims about the benefits of homeschooling: that the practice is more effective and more efficient than public education. This chapter explores those claims of efficiency through a critical lens and offers a more nuanced analysis of the real costs associated with homeschooling and the financial privilege it requires to homeschool. Detailed analysis of the true costs show that homeschooling is far more expensive than public education.

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Homeschooling, the oldest form of teaching children, has steadily grown as a chosen option of schooling across the United States and the world over the past few decades. Families choose to homeschool their children for myriad reasons, chiefly religious or political reasons, and often make sweeping claims about the efficacy and efficiency of homeschooling. This raises significant questions about such claims but also about the historical, contemporary, and future practice of homeschooling itself. In this introduction chapter, the broad practice of homeschooling is explored along with the demographics of those who homeschool, rationales for homeschooling, and how homeschooling fits into the larger movement of school choice. The phenomenon of schooling-at-home during the COVID-19 pandemic is also explored and discussed.

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This culminating chapter provides an overview of the myriad of alternative rationales for homeschooling beyond those specific to religion, politics, and claims of benefits. Further, this chapter summarizes the general landscape and practice of homeschooling – including a discussion of the impact of COVID-19 – and concludes with a call for a recommitment to public schooling.

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Continuing from the Introduction, this chapter explores in greater detail the homeschooling landscape including the rationales that families use to justify the practice. Chiefly among them is a “concern about the environment of schools” and a “desire to provide religious instruction.” Much of the justification for homeschooling rests in a comparison to public schools that are characterized by the homeschooling community as deficient, dangerous, and a threat to the family’s religious and political dispositions. Discussion of the history of teacher preparation is taken up along with an exploration of the question of who is (or should be) capable of teaching children.

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