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Thomas, Paul; Skinstad van der Kooij, Kristin – Cogent Education, 2018
This case study examined the questions: How are relations between Hutus and Tutsis portrayed in recent History syllabi in post-genocide Rwanda, and how may the narrative about these relations affect efforts towards educating for peace? The findings were based on a content analysis of four History syllabi for Ordinary and Advanced Levels published…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Intergroup Relations, Death
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Thomas, Paul – Cogent Education, 2017
The discourse of equity and egalitarianism has a long pedigree in Norway. However, this discourse has recently come under severe strain as evidenced by the growing segregation of schools along ethnic lines in the capital Oslo. This paper considers the portrayal of non-westerners in four English textbooks used in the teaching of English as a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, English (Second Language), Textbook Content
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Thomas, Paul – Cogent Education, 2016
The perplexing numbers of Somali children withdrawn from schools in Norway and sent to Somalia is the concern of this study. These students are often brought back and re-enroll later as adolescents with concomitant educational challenges. The findings are critically analyzed employing John Ogbu's cultural ecology of minorities and a CHAT-based…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Influences, Islamic Culture