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Confronting dominant whiteness in the primary classroom: progressive student teachers’ dilemmas and constraints.

Pearce, Sarah. 2012. Confronting dominant whiteness in the primary classroom: progressive student teachers’ dilemmas and constraints. Oxford Review of Education, 38(4), pp. 455-472. ISSN 0305-4985 [Article]

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Concerns about new teachers' capacity to address diversity in their classrooms are growing in many parts of the West, and there is some consensus that one aspect of the problem is the narrow range of cultural and social backgrounds from which teacher candidates are drawn. Yet a minority of socially aware teachers, from all backgrounds, continue to join the profession, and attempt to teach in ways that address diversity and confront racism. Drawing on data from an on-going longitudinal study of progressive teachers in their early careers, this article explores the dilemmas and constraints faced by four student teachers on their final teaching practice. Focusing on the curriculum, it examines their different responses to the unexamined white norms and priorities in the material they are expected to teach. It concludes that while there is cause for optimism about some new teachers' understanding of and commitment to race equality and ethnic diversity, more attention needs to be paid to how schools respond to teachers who offer a challenge to hegemonic norms and practices. This work takes on a new significance in the context of recent government proposals to shift responsibility for initial teacher education in the UK from higher education institutions to the schools themselves.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2012.710546

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
2012Published

Item ID:

12364

Date Deposited:

28 Jul 2015 15:50

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 09:42

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12364

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