Conversing at the Intersection: Religious Identity and the Human Right to Gender Equality in a South African Teacher Education Context

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Janet Jarvis
Ncamisile P Mthiyane

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This article argues that it is essential to explore conversations at the intersection between personal religious identity and Human Rights issues in an attempt to bridge the gap between policy and practice. To facilitate this exploration an empathetic-reflective-dialogical approach was adopted to engage with pre-service teachers in a South African Higher Education Institution. Selected pre-service Religion Education teachers were encouraged to engage in self-dialogue and to write their self-narratives. Participating in Communities in Conversation, Communities in Dialogue and Communities for Transformation provided the opportunity for empathetic-reflective-dialogical restorying to take place. This restorying has the potential to address the possible disconnect between the individual’s personal and professional identities when considering Human Rights issues, and in this case, gender equality in particular. Conversing at this intersection has the potential to increase the individual’s identity capital and to transform classroom practice to classroom praxis and this can possibly impact the wider society.

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Jarvis, J., & Mthiyane, N. (2018). Conversing at the Intersection: Religious Identity and the Human Right to Gender Equality in a South African Teacher Education Context. Alternation Journal, (23), 60-83. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/1239
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Janet Jarvis, University of KwaZulu-Natal


School of Education

jarvisj@ukzn.ac.za

Ncamisile P Mthiyane, University of KwaZulu-Natal


School of Education
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Mthiyanen1@ukzn.ac.za