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Disrupting Preconceptions: Postcolonialism and Education

reviewed by Faith Maina - 2004

coverTitle: Disrupting Preconceptions: Postcolonialism and Education
Author(s): Anne Hickling-Hudson, Julie Mathews and Annette Woods
Publisher: Post Pressed, Brisbane, Queensland
ISBN: 1876682566, Pages: 264, Year: 2004
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Growing up in postcolonial Kenya , I remember my primary school history, when teacher after teacher repeated like a "gospel truth" that the "first man" to see Mt. Kenya was a Dr. Krapf. Mt. Kenya , the largest mountain in the country, was the worshipping place of the Gikuyu people because it was the place where Mwene Nyaga (Gikuyu God) supposedly created the first Gikuyu couple and blessed them with nine daughters before sending them off to occupy the land currently known as the Central Province . Needless to say, many activities including sacrifices and prayers were performed with Mt. Kenya (locally known as Kirinyaga) as the backdrop. To then say that Dr. Krapf was the "first man" to see this conspicuous physical feature was to imply that the community that lived there for thousands of years prior to his arrival were not "men" or like a Canadian classmate once told me in a light touch, that they "were all blind"! Ngugi (1983) argues that being taught history in this way was no... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2304-2311
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11347, Date Accessed: 7/25/2021 5:04:14 AM

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  • Faith Maina
    The State University of New York, Oswego
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    FAITH MAINA is a Gikuyu woman, currently an assistant professor at the State University of New York, Oswego, NY. Her areas of specialization are research methodologies in education and reflexive practices in teaching and learning. Her recent scholarly publications include, "Nurturing reflective practice to enhance online interaction" and "Female Representation in Gikuyu Popular Music: A Catalyst for Domestic Violence."
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