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Teacher Education and Educational Reform Forged in Times of Conflict: Guatemala and the Case of the Mayan Communities in Exile in the 1980s and 1990s

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This study examines the ongoing struggle by Mayan social and political organizations for national educational reform in Guatemala which favours the development of a bilingual and multicultural curriculum. The paper examines two parallel educational experiences which took place during the civil war in the Mayan refugee camps in Mexico and in Mayan communities within Guatemala. The post conflict fusion of these two experiences greatly influenced the content of a Mayan educational reform proposal that the local authorities continue to resist.
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Keywords: Guatemala; Mayan communities; Mexico; bilingual curriculum; civil war; educational reform; multicultural curriculum; teacher education

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Brock University

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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