ERIC Number: EJ1026036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
The Challenge of More Light, the Complexity of Culture: Lessons Learned in Exploring the Cultural Positioning of Literacy Teachers
McVee, Mary B.
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v35 n1 p1-15 2014
This conceptual article, based on data collected and analyzed within a larger study, considers perspectives on cultural diversity and research in the context of the current politicized educational environment within the United States. Drawing from previous research conducted in a graduate course exploring language, literacy and culture, the author articulates three practices that teacher educators and researchers can attend to in order to maintain complex explorations of culture with preservice and inservice teachers. These practices are (1) fostering a discursive view of culture, (2) attending to localized knowledge and (3) acknowledging and developing empathic stances. While examples are drawn from a US context, educational and multicultural concerns addressed are global in implication.
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Teachers, Cultural Influences, Educational Environment, Teacher Education, Cultural Pluralism, Multicultural Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Empathy, Consciousness Raising, Politics of Education, Teacher Researchers, Ethnic Diversity, Cultural Differences, Whites, Minority Groups
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