This groundbreaking volume describes unprecedented changes in education across Latin America, resulting from the endorsement of Indigenous peoples' rights through the development of intercultural bilingual education. The chapters evaluate the ways in which cultural and language differences are being used to create national policies that affirm the presence of Indigenous peoples and their cultures within Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala. Describing the collaboration between grassroots movements and transnational networks, the authors analyze how social change is taking place at the local and regional levels, and they present case studies that illuminate the expansion of intercultural bilingual education. This book is both a call to action for researchers, teachers, policy-makers and Indigenous leaders, and a primer for practitioners seeking to provide better learning opportunities for a diverse student body.
Regina Cortina is Associate Professor of Education in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her current research explores European aid to education in Latin America and its strategic importance for the field of international and comparative education. Dr Cortina studies the role of education in international development and poverty reduction, particularly focusing on ways in which greater opportunities can be created for marginalized groups.
Acknowledgments Contributors Regina Cortina: Introduction 1. Luis Enrique Lopez: Indigenous Intercultural Bilingual Education in Latin America: Widening Gaps between Policy and Practice 2. Regina Cortina: Partnerships to Promote the Education of Indigenous Citizens 3. Bret Gustafson: Intercultural Bilingual Education in the Andes: Political Change, New Challenges, and Future Directions 4. Carmen Martinez Novo: The Tension between Western and Indigenous Knowledges in Intercultural Bilingual Education in Ecuador 5. Sylvia Schmelkes: Indigenous Students as Graduates of Higher Education Institutions in Mexico 6. Maria Jose Aragon: Beyond Cultural Recognition: Training Teachers for Intercultural Bilingual Education in Guatemala 7. Luz Jimenez Quispe: Indigenous Leaders and the Challenges of Decolonization in Bolivia 8. Laura A. Valdiviezo: Political Discourse and School Practice in Multilingual Peru