Can Policy Affect How People Think? Self-Identity as a Basis for Policy Understanding

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In this paper we are looking at how history teachers in Kenya understand policy. Their views are considered to be a reflection of their understanding of who they are. We use research data to illustrate that it is difficult for people to act out what they are not. The argument is that to assume a close relationship between political ideals and people’s consciousness is to imagine an identity that has no corresponding reality. View points which people express are often a reflection of how they are institutionally positioned rather than what policy envisages for them. The paper concludes by highlighting how the teachers’ views are related to the system that has shaped them and they continue to shape.


Keywords: Kenya, Policy, History, Consciousness, Position, System
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Angela Odhiambo

PHd Student, Department of Education Studies, University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Angela Odhiambo is a PhD student with an interest in Curriculum Studies and Culture and Education.

Prof. Maropeng M. Modiba

Senior Lecturer, Education Studies, University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Maropeng Modiba teaches Curriculum Development Theory at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. She has a special interest in theories of culturally responsive pedagogy.

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