Engaging in Decolonial ‘Pedagogizations’ at a Colombian Doctoral Teacher Education Program in English Language Teaching





doctoral education, ELT, pedagogizations, teacher education, decoloniality


Decolonial engagement in education is becoming geo and body politically multifaceted across the global south and north. It is witnessing the emergence of ‘pedagogies of crossing,’ pedagogías insumisas (unsubordinate pedagogies), and ‘trans/queer pedagogies,’ among others. Thus, decolonial engagement in education constitutes a fruitful epistemological site of struggle, fracture, and healing. This plurality situates the so-called pedagogizations within the decolonial turn. Pedagogizations, on the other hand, refer to actions otherwise rather than to the hold of colonialism in a designated field: Pedagogy. Decolonial pedagogizations remain underexplored in the literature on language teacher education, however. This article unearths and discusses how they are (co)constructed for and with English language teachers at a Colombian state university’s doctoral program that claims a south epistemological stance and seeks the decolonization of language teacher education. In this vein, this article adds to the literature reclaiming decolonial methodologies, or pedagogizations, in education and proposes that they include knowledge (co)construction processes otherwise such as submerged guiding, deCUlonial voicing, and cultivating heterarchical relationships. Yet, it also critiques these decolonial pedagogizations in language teacher education, embracing the diverse onto-epistemological constitution of graduate educational processes.

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Author Biographies

Harold Castañeda-Peña, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas

Associate Professor, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia.

Pilar Méndez-Rivera, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas

Full Professor, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia.


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How to Cite

Castañeda-Peña, H., & Méndez-Rivera, P. (2022). Engaging in Decolonial ‘Pedagogizations’ at a Colombian Doctoral Teacher Education Program in English Language Teaching. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 27(3), 804–821. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ikala.v27n3a12