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What is Decolonial Theory

Handbook of Research on Promoting Higher-Order Skills and Global Competencies in Life and Work
A theoretical framework that takes into consideration the systemic nature in which oppressive policy affects the lives of formerly colonized people. It calls for an examination of the oppressive hegemonic narratives that are rooted in colonial practices and incorporates the voice and narratives of those oppressed peoples in conversations that ultimately affect the creation of policy.
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Using Learner Centered Pedagogy and Social Justice Pedagogy in Post-Secondary Technical and Professional Communication Writing Courses
Kimberly C. Harper (North Carolina A&T State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6331-0.ch020
Abstract
This chapter discusses the author's approach to implementing social justice and learner-centered pedagogies in a course titled Technical Communication in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter. The author uses the Black Lives Matter movement as a springboard for teaching technical communication students about the responsibilities of workplace writers. Technical and Professional Communication (TPC) make use of a skills-based pedagogy and, at times, omits the importance of providing students with cultural competency skills. However, there is a shift in the field of TPC as some scholars are advocating for the inclusion of topics such as race, culture, gender, and class in pedagogical discussions. Discussed in this chapter are the theories behind the author's pedagogical choices when creating the described course, the student assignments, and the challenges encountered while teaching the course.
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