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Educational Research for Social Change

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BHUREKENI, John. Decolonial Reflections on the Zimbabwean Primary and Secondary School Curriculum Reform Journey. Educ. res. soc. change [online]. 2020, vol.9, n.2, pp.101-115. ISSN 2221-4070.

The Zimbabwean curriculum reform journey is shaped by the weight of cultural technologies of domination employed in the country during British imperial rule (1890-1980). Moreover, these imperial forms of domination that, paradoxically, continue to exist today influence the sociocultural and political institutions in the country and delineate what is epistemologically feasible. In addition, the inherited education curricula, specifically at primary school level (the focus of this study) were theoretically and pedagogically disengaged from the lifeworlds of the learners they intended to educate. In this conceptual article, I challenge this colonially inherited education and the paradox of superficial interpretation of unhu/ubuntu (ironically, a doxa in the postcolonial Zimbabwean education system). Further, I suggest considering epistemic depth in pedagogy as an experience that transforms education and society.

Keywords : decolonial philosophy; curriculum reform; superficial philosophy; cultural technologies of domination; heritage education; social abjection.

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