ERIC Number: EJ1052071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Understanding Unfamiliar Literary Aesthetics: White Preservice Teachers Examine Race through Story
Glenn, Wendy J.
Action in Teacher Education, v37 n1 p23-44 2015
Reading and reflecting upon ethnically unfamiliar literature can provide opportunities for teacher candidates to critically examine assumptions of self and other relative to racial, cultural, and linguistic identities. However, ethnically unfamiliar literatures can be difficult for readers to understand and appreciate due to the aesthetics they embody. This study addresses the struggles White preservice English teachers' experience in making sense of unfamiliar ethnicities in narrative forms and how this frustration might be mediated through explicit attention to and study of the aesthetic elements of ethnically unfamiliar texts. Findings reveal a keen interest in understanding and engaging with multicultural literature among participants coupled with a persistent hesitation to include it and related conversations of race in their instruction. Participants opened themselves to learning more about others but struggled to implicate themselves in the transfer of new knowledge to teaching practice. The study's findings contribute to the conversations of scholars in teacher education, multicultural studies, and young adult literature by offering an approach to teaching multicultural literature to preservice teachers that encourages complex, racially informed responses to ethnically unfamiliar texts and revealing potential tensions that may emerge in the process.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Aesthetics, Race, Teaching Methods, Self Concept, Whites, English Teachers, Ethnicity, Literature, Cultural Pluralism, Multicultural Education, Adolescent Literature, Teacher Education, Hispanic American Literature, African American Literature, Black Dialects, Interviews, Student Attitudes, English Instruction
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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