Feminist Post-structuralism, Critical Media Education and School History Sources: A South African Experience of Deconstruction and Reconstitution

By Jill Fardon and Sonja Schoeman.

Published by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Democracy demands that education pay urgent attention to the anomaly of gender inequity in socio-economic and political environments. This book aims to suggest ways in which realist, patriarchal discursive devices - such as binary language, naturalization and objectivity in texts - which are used to perpetuate such discriminatory meaning, can be “made strange”, and therefore be undermined, in the interests of a transparent society. The feminist post-structuralist approach to History teaching (and to the teaching of other subjects) which is advocated in this book, offers textual deconstruction, and reconstitution as an exciting, alternative methodology of open interpretation and plural perspective. Language is viewed as preceding gender subjectivity; and gender identity is understood as being constituted by discursive meaning in language. Language is therefore seen as the site of struggle for power in relation to identity positioning. This book suggests that language be used to allow for the close observation of codes and conventions which support embedded patriarchal power relations. The feminist post-structuralist methodology is employed to investigate binary language within the framework of six aspects of critical media education, namely: agencies, categories, technologies, languages, audiences and representations. The main aim of the book is to investigate whether this approach can open up space for female voices, of the past and present, in order to reconstruct realist historical narratives. Suggestions for gender-fair History teaching and a lesson example for classroom practice are offered in the book.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 5.172MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Jill Fardon

Curriculum and Instructional Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Jill Fardon, formerly a subject advisor for Social Sciences in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, holds a Doctor of Education degree in Didactics. She is a qualified secondary school teacher, and involved in initial teacher education and the continuous professional development of teachers. Her research focuses on gender and education.

Prof. Sonja Schoeman

Professor, Curriculum and Instructional Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Sonja Schoeman holds a BA (cum laude), Higher Education Diploma (cum laude), BEd (Honours), MEd and DEd. She was a secondary school teacher in two African countries before becoming a university lecturer. She is currently a full professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instructional Studies at the University of South Africa, and has published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented papers at national and international conferences. Postgraduate students from North America and various African countries graduated under her supervision. She received the 2015 Women’s Prize for Excellence in Research, and her research focuses on teacher education, citizenship and gender.

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