Teaching for Peace and Social Justice in Myanmar: Identity, Agency, and Critical Pedagogy (Hardcover)
Bringing together scholars and educators based in Myanmar, the USA, the UK, Denmark, and Thailand, this book presents new perspectives and research on the struggle for social justice and peace in Myanmar at this critical juncture. It shows how actors from diverse backgrounds and regions of Myanmar are drawing from their identities, evoking their agency, and using critical pedagogy to advance social justice and peace. The chapters provide the compelling life stories of the authors, specific examples of what they are doing, and insights of how their work might be applied to other contexts. The topics discussed include addressing structural violence, peace curriculum development, identity-based conflict, teaching the history of the country, promoting inclusion, civic education, critical pedagogy, teacher agency, and agendas of research funding for peacebuilding. The foreword and afterword, written by well-known scholars of Myanmar, address the relevance and importance of the book vis-a-vis the current social and political crisis following the February 2021 military coup.
Mary Shepard Wong is Professor and Director of TESOL Field-Based Programs at Azusa Pacific University, USA. She is a three-time Fulbright Scholar (Hong Kong, Burma, Taiwan) and author/editor of four books including, as lead editor, Spirituality and English Language Teaching: Religious Explorations of Teacher Identity, Pedagogy, and Context (2018).