Symposium–Decolonizing Knowledge with Indigenous Communities and Young Children

Women sit a table in a panel setting


April 15, 2016


11:30am - 1:00pm


Sanchez Building (SZB) 411


The Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction and The Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative is excited to announce a symposium:

Decolonizing Knowledge with Indigenous Communities and Young Children

This symposium seeks to reposition indigenous knowledge as critical to young children's lives as well as to community in different parts of the world. We will hear from scholars working with Maori and Aboriginal communities as part of an international project on civic action. We hope this time will be an opportunity to think deeply about the inclusion of indigenous knowledge in our coursework and theorization.


"Decolonizing 'place' in early childhood education"
Dr. Fikile Nxumalo (Ndwandwe)
The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education

"Making Space for Indigenous Knowledge in Research: The Civic Action and Young Children Study"
Dr. Jennifer Keys Adair
The University of Texas, College of Education

"Decolonizing Methodologies in Researching Civic Action with Aboriginal Australian Young Children"
Dr. Louise Gwenneth Phillips
The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
School of Education

"Exploring Young Children's Civic Action: A Perspective from Aotearoa Nz"
Dr. Jenny Ritchie
Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Te Puna Akopai School of Education, Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika