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ERIC Number: ED520106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May-21
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
A Qualitative Study/A Narrative Analysis of a Black Male Looking to Teach
Bell, Edward E.
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Background: The nation decries the scantiness of Black male teachers in classrooms. The paucity of Black males in the classroom is not a recent phenomenon (Daniels, 2010; Bell, 2011, 2010a, 2010b). The absence of Black male teachers from classrooms can also be attributed to many factors; however, the prevailing ones appear to be other career options and the assumption that teaching is a female dominated profession (Dogan, 2010). Today only 2 percent of the nation's 4 million plus public school teachers are Black men (Cottman, 2010). Purpose: The purpose of this narrative approach, which is situated within the qualitative research method, is to understand Daylen's route to employment through the eyes of a Black male looking to teach and to further explore if race and/or gender were barriers in Daylen becoming a teacher. Research Design: Narrative Synthesis. Findings: When Daylen questioned his interview experience, it was clear why he attributed his experience to race and gender bias. We cannot deny the lack of Black male teachers in the teaching profession. We cannot afford interviewing quotas; we cannot afford to placate Black males by subjecting them to a barrage of interviews when the goal is not to hire. We cannot lean on the excuse, "you lack teaching experiences or we are looking for a teacher with more experiences." Conclusion: Understanding Daylen's perspective from the eyes of a Black man is critical; a feeling of being unwanted is a familiar emotion. Racism and/or discrimination may be the lenses through which to interpret Daylen's feelings. It is obvious that the nation is unworried about the lack of Black male teachers.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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