Reproduction of assimilationist thinking in Norwegian social studies: Breaking the cycle through reflective practice

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https://doi.org/10.11576/jsse-6759

Abstract

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  • We have learned that we, as teachers and teacher educators, need to be aware of the risk of reproducing uncritical approaches in educational interventions on migration.
  • Without crucially reflecting on their own practice, even social studies teachers dedicated to anti-racist thinking risk reproducing assimilationist values.
  • The article argues that this risk can be mitigated when teachers critically evaluate their own practice as a precondition for facilitating transformative learning in their students.

 

Purpose: The article aims to critically reflect on a classroom situation where we, as upper secondary social studies teachers, were complicit in reproducing and soliciting assimilationist values in a student assignment.

Design/methodology/approach: We use a critical reflective model to 1) reflect on our discomfort at this complicity, 2) analyse the assimilationist values reproduced, and 3) redesign the assignment to promote inclusive citizenship.

Findings: The article exposes the risk and potential of being vulnerable about our practice as teachers and of opening the classroom as a safe space for critical thinking.

Research limitations/implications: More research is needed on how social studies teachers understand integration and how they (re)design their own assignments.

Practical implications: Without crucially reflecting on their own practice, even social studies teachers dedicated to anti-racist thinking risk reproducing assimilationist values. This risk can be mitigated when teachers critically evaluate their own practice as a precondition for facilitating transformative learning in their students.

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Published

2024-06-18

How to Cite

Skotnes, C. E., & Ringrose, P. (2024). Reproduction of assimilationist thinking in Norwegian social studies: Breaking the cycle through reflective practice. JSSE - Journal of Social Science Education, 23(2). https://doi.org/10.11576/jsse-6759