ERIC Number: EJ1017102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Teachers' Memories of Schooling: The Sociocultural Injuries and the Mis-Education of Mexican Teachers in the Barrio
Saldana, Lilliana P.
Journal of the Association of Mexican American Educators, v7 n1 p58-72 2013
Relying on life history and memory as methodology, this essay unearths the memories of schooling of five Mexican American teachers at a dual-language school in San Antonio, locating their memories of trauma within the history of language oppression and cultural exclusion in U.S. public schools. In re(membering) their schooling experiences as working-class, Spanish-speaking, racialized students in San Antonio's segregated Westside, teachers pointed to schools as the source of their miseducation and trauma and framed these experiences within a shared history of institutionalized language oppression and educational inequality. "Historias," semi-structured life history interviews, and "conocimiento"--reflexive and dialogical focus groups--reveal that teachers' memories of racialized cultural violence in schools are central to their personal and professional identity formation. As ethnic/race teachers with embodied knowledge of racialized cultural violence, they transform the culture of schooling for Mexican origin students as they move within the dialectic of domination and empowerment in their everyday teaching practices.
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Equal Education, Educational Experience, Professional Identity, Self Concept, Semi Structured Interviews, Personal Narratives, Mexican Americans, Bilingual Education, Trauma, Working Class, Spanish Speaking, Teaching Methods, Empowerment, Educational History, Civil Rights, Educational Policy, Team Sports, Language Skill Attrition, Native Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bilingual Education Act 1968; No Child Left Behind Act 2001