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‘It was the small things’: Using the concept of racial microaggressions as a tool for talking to new teachers about racism

Pearce, Sarah. 2018. ‘It was the small things’: Using the concept of racial microaggressions as a tool for talking to new teachers about racism. Teaching and Teacher Education, 79, pp. 83-92. ISSN 0742-051X [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This article discusses the concept of racial microaggressions as tool for supporting teachers to understand and challenge racism in schools. Addressing racism has become less of a priority in initial teacher training, and in schools, yet many subtle acts of racism continue to occur. The article adapts Kohli and Solorzano’s (2012) model for identifying microaggressions, understanding their effects and exploring possible responses to them, drawing on interviews with three new teachers to illustrate each stage. Incorporated into their training, this model may empower new teachers to challenge the subtle acts of racism they have either experienced or witnessed, but have hitherto been unable to name.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.12.009

Keywords:

microaggressions, racism, teachers, initial teacher training

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies > Centre for Identities and Social Justice

Dates:

DateEvent
10 December 2018Accepted
18 December 2018Published

Item ID:

26306

Date Deposited:

02 May 2019 13:57

Last Modified:

02 May 2019 13:57

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26306

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