The native peoples and education: From coloniality to decolonial experiences in Brazil and Chile




History of Education, Indigenous Peoples, Coloniality and Decoloniality


This article on the education of indigenous peoples in Latin America is a synthesis of an approximation of studies on the history of Education of indigenous peoples (schooling), taking Brazil and Chile as a case study. It represents an effort of reflection of two researchers of the History of Latin American Education Society (SHELA), who have been studying Indigenous Education or Indigenous School Education in Chile and Brazil, from the theoretical perspective of “coloniality and decoloniality” of indigenous peoples in Latin America. The research is based on a comprehensive-interpretative paradigm, whose method is linked to the type of qualitative historiographic descriptive research considering primary and secondary written sources, complemented with visual data (photographs). The documentary analysis was made from material based on primary written sources, secondary and unobtrusive personal documents. The study included three distinct phases in the process of producing results: 1) a critical review of the data of our previous research, in addition to the bibliographic review of research results regarding the presence of the school in other indigenous cultures of the Americas; 2) capturing and processing of new data; and 3) validation and return of results with the research participants. Content analysis was carried out in order to reveal nuclei of central abstract knowledge, endowed with meaning and significance from the perspective of the producers of the discourse, as well as knowledge expressed concretely in the texts, including their latent contents.


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Author Biographies

Juan Guillermo Mansilla, Universidad Católica de Temuco (UCT)

Académico, actual decano de la Facultad de Educación de la Universidad Católica de Temuco, Chile. Grupo HISULA (Historia y prospectiva de la Universidad Latinoamericana) Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia.Miembro de la Sociedad de Historia de la educación Latinoamericana (SHELA).

José Rubens Lima Jardilino, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP)

Licenciado en Filosofía, Doctor en Ciencias Sociales(1997); Postdoctorado en Ciencias de la Educación en las Universidades: Université Laval - Quebéc, Canadá y Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia – UPTC (2008); y Postdoctorado en Historia de los Mundos Atlánticos por la Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, España (2016). Investigador del consejo nacional de desarrollo científico y tecnológico (CNPq). Docente-investigador de Universidad Federal de Ouro Preto - UFOP en el Departamento Ciencias de la Educación – DEEDU. Inestigador invitado de RUDECOLOMBIA, Rede de Universidades Públicas Colombianas; Vice-presidente de la Sociedad de Historia de la Educación Latinmoamericana – SHELA. Docente investigador de los campos de Ciencias de la  Educación y Historia, investigando sobre la Formación de Maestros/as, Políticas Educativas, Historia de la educación en América Latina.



How to Cite

Mansilla, J. G., & Lima Jardilino, J. R. (2020). The native peoples and education: From coloniality to decolonial experiences in Brazil and Chile. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 28, 163.



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