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  • Self-decolonisation in Aotearoa: Pushing through programmatic Pākehā paralysis

    Dan Weijers

    Chapter from the book: Bowell, T et al. 2024. Revitalising Higher Education: Insights from Te Puna Aurei LearnFest 2022.


    Te reo, tīkanga, mātauranga, te Ao, and kaupapa Māori are finally seeing a resurgence in Aotearoa. This revitalisation is occurring in the tertiary education sector, but staff and skill deficits are holding back many academic disciplines. This chapter documents the challenges facing a traditionally colonial tertiary programme—philosophy— attempting to de-colonise itself. The overlapping nature of the challenges can make decolonising appear to be so difficult that some programmes may feel paralysed. This chapter argues that the importance of decolonisation requires that programmes push through any paralysis they may be experiencing by prioritising decolonisation above other goals.

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    Weijers, D. 2024. Self-decolonisation in Aotearoa: Pushing through programmatic Pākehā paralysis. In: Bowell, T et al (eds.), Revitalising Higher Education. Cardiff: Cardiff University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18573/conf2.b

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    Published on May 15, 2024