ERIC Number: EJ1019422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Unpacking Everyday "Teacher Talk" about Students and Families of Color: Implications for Teacher and School Leader Development
Pollack, Terry M.
Urban Education, v48 n6 p863-894 Nov 2013
Informal "teacher talk" about students is ubiquitous, but it remains largely unexamined. This study critically examines casual, everyday teacher discourse about students perceived to be racially or culturally "different." Data were collected through participants' journal entries, group discussion, and interviews. Findings revealed three dominant deficit-based discursive themes embedded in informal teacher talk about students of color. I argue for the need to heighten educators' critical awareness of deficit discourse and its relationship to teaching, learning, and issues of equity. This article will likely be of interest to educational administration faculty, teacher educators, K-12 educators, and those studying school culture.
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Graduate Students, Urban Schools, Speech, Teacher Attitudes, Minority Group Students, Cultural Differences, Student Journals, Group Discussion, Semi Structured Interviews, Grounded Theory, Expectation, Beliefs, Responsibility, Social Distance, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Listening, Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California
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