Centering African Proverbs, Indigenous Folktales, and Cultural Stories in Curriculum
Units and Lesson Plans for Inclusive Education
In Centering African Proverbs, Indigenous Folktales, and Cultural Stories in Curriculum, skilled experts George J. Sefa Dei and Mairi McDermott develop effective ways of delivering education to the evermore-diverse groups of learners in schools. This new edited collection aims to improve educational practices in pluralistic contexts by substantively engaging African proverbs, Indigenous folktales, and cultural stories in curricular and pedagogical decisions.
Each contributor works with a different proverb, folktale, or cultural story as a core text for a unique unit of their design. Along with detailed notes for the instructor, each contributor writes a reflection on the process of designing the unit with anti-racism theory as a guiding principle. This innovative volume will serve as a wonderful companion to courses within Bachelor of Education, Masters of Education, and Masters of Teaching programs across Canada and the United States.
“The research-to-practice link in this book is of vital importance for educators. A strength of this work is that it is based on providing a deep understanding of the transformations teachers undergo in producing decolonized, Indigenous, anti-racist, culturally relevant approaches in curriculum development.”
—Dolana Mogadime, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies, Brock University
“This book bridges between a theoretical resource and a teaching resource in a way that I have seldom, if ever, seen elsewhere in a single resource, connecting social justice theory on the one hand and pedagogical practice in the form of teacher-friendly units on the other. It is also unique in the way that it uses African proverbs and cultural stories as a gateway to broader cultural experiences.”
—Philip S. S. Howard, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University