Harvard Educational Review
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    Against Repetition

    Addressing Resistance to Anti-Oppressive Change in the Practice of Learning, Teaching, Supervising, and Researching

    Kevin K. Kumashiro
    In this article, Kevin K. Kumashiro draws on his experience as a teacher, teacher educator, and education researcher to analyze how anti-oppressive educators may operate in ways that challenge some forms of oppression yet unintentionally comply with others. Drawing on Butler’s work, which views oppression in society as being characterized by harmful repetitions of certain privileged knowledge and practices, the author examines how theories of anti-oppressive education can help educators learn, teach, and supervise student teachers, and conduct educational research in ways that work against such harmful repetitions. Kumashiro describes incidents in which his students sought knowledge that confirmed what they already knew, and when he as the teacher unintentionally missed opportunities to resist this repetition and guide his students through an emotional crisis. Using the framework of repetition, Kumashiro challenges anti-oppressive activists and educators to disrupt some of their own unconscious commonsense discourses that serve as barriers to social change. (pp. 67-92)

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    Spring 2002 Issue

    Abstracts

    Eliminating Ableism in Education
    Thomas Hehir
    "Not Bread Alone"
    Clandestine Schooling and Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust
    Susan M. Kardos
    Against Repetition
    Addressing Resistance to Anti-Oppressive Change in the Practice of Learning, Teaching, Supervising, and Researching
    Kevin K. Kumashiro
    Madaz Publications
    Polyphonic Identity and Existential Literacy Transactions
    Bob Fecho with Aaron Green

    Book Notes

    The Best for Our Children
    Edited by María de la Luz Reyes and John J. Halcón

    Holler If You Hear Me
    By Gregory Michie

    The Gendered Society
    By Michael S. Kimmel

    Honored but Invisible
    By W. Norton Grubb, with Helena Worthen, Barbara Byrd, Elnora Webb, Norena Badway, Chester Case, Stanford Goto, and Jennifer Curry Villeneuve

    An Elusive Science
    By Ellen Condliffe Lagemann

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