ERIC Number: EJ1046633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Interrogating Practice in Culturally Diverse Classrooms: What Can an Analysis of Student Resistance and Teacher Response Reveal?
Santoro, Ninetta; Forghani-Arani, Neda
European Journal of Teacher Education, v38 n1 p58-70 2015
As classrooms have increasingly become diverse and complex, developing culturally responsive pedagogies is a professional imperative for teachers. However, considerable international research suggests that meeting the needs of diverse pupil cohorts is challenging for many teachers. In this article, we highlight how curriculum and teaching practices reflect hegemonic values and cultural practices, and can potentially marginalise minority ethnic students. We draw on data from a study conducted in a culturally diverse lower secondary school in Austria where mandatory swimming classes are a source of tension between Muslim female students and their teachers. Our analysis of the intersection of student resistance and teacher authority raises issues of power, compliance and the construction of cultural difference as problematic. We suggest that scenario-based learning and in particular, the analysis of examples of student resistance and teacher response may facilitate teachers' reflexivity about the values and beliefs that underpin their practice.
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Beliefs, Values, Power Structure, Cultural Differences, Vignettes, Minority Group Students, Secondary School Students, Student Diversity, Foreign Countries, Muslims, Females, Aquatic Sports, Teacher Student Relationship, Conflict, Religious Factors, Secondary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Austria
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