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ERIC Number: ED569363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 354
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3039-1667-0
Fear of Freedom: Critical Lenses for Pre-Service Teachers in Rural Settings
Gilbert, Barbara
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of South Carolina
This action research study examines what happened when exemplary practices found in low-income rural schools in South Carolina, and critical and culturally responsive theories became the lens that pre-service teachers studied literacy practices in Reading Pedagogy and Children's Literature classes. To see how pre-service teachers acted on these theories, the second part of the study followed four of them into their student teaching classrooms. As I introduced these theories to the pre-service teachers in the university classroom, they incorporated pedagogical moves reflective of these theories in their lesson plans, reflections, and learning engagements. They questioned the texts they read and planned critical engagements for their future students. They anticipated the interests of the students they imagined in their future classes including texts rich in multicultural content. Their lesson plans included opportunities for students to learn through social interactions with other students in the classroom. Analysis of the data once they entered the classroom told another story. While the pre-service teachers indicated that social interactions were important, the actual implementation varied from teacher-centered to student-centered. Their implementation of critical literacy theory also varied from examining texts from other characters' perspectives to missed opportunities to enact social justice. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina