Otherness in Pedagogical Theory and Practice: The Case of Roma

  • Anna Kirova University of Alberta
  • Larry Prochner University of Alberta
Keywords: Roma, interculturalism, intercultural pedagogies, Otherness, Mots clés, Roms, interculturalisme, pédagogies interculturelles, altérité

Abstract

This paper addresses the topic of the inclusion of Roma children in education in Europe through an examination of theory and practice in relation to the issues of Otherness and foreignness. Roma children entering school encounter a vastly different world from their home culture, with different expectations for teaching and learning, for relationships among learners, and with teachers. We address the question of whether the knowledge of these contradictions or discontinuities and knowledge of the ways in which any child from a minority group learns, is sufficient to address the issue of foreignness in educational contexts. The paper highlights the potential for interculturalism and intercultural pedagogies for engaging children from diverse cultures.

Cet article porte sur la question de l’inclusion des enfants roms dans le système éducatif en Europe et ce, par un examen de la théorie et la pratique par rapport aux questions de l’altérité et l’extranéité. Les enfants roms qui rentrent à l’école sont confrontés à un monde bien différent de celui de leur propre culture, où les attentes face à l’enseignement et l’apprentissage ne sont pas les mêmes que celles qu’ils connaissent, ni les rapports des apprenants entre eux et entre les apprenants et les enseignants. Nous nous demandons si la conscience de ces contradictions ou discontinuités et la connaissance des façons dont apprennent les enfants de groupes minoritaires suffisent pour aborder la question de l’extranéité dans des milieux éducatifs. L’article souligne le potentiel de l’interculturalisme et des pédagogies interculturelles pour stimuler la participation des enfants de diverses cultures.

Author Biographies

Anna Kirova, University of Alberta

Dr. Anna Kirova is a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Elementary Education, University of Alberta. She holds a B.Ed and a Ph. D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and a Ph.D. in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta. Prior to her appointment at the University of Alberta she was an Assistant Professor at Oakland University, Michigan, USA.

 

Larry Prochner, University of Alberta
Larry Prochner is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Alberta.
Published
2016-05-18