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ERIC Number: EJ1090573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 6
White Privilege: Perceptions of Pre-Service Teachers
Hossain, Kazi I.
Multicultural Education, v23 n1 p52-55 Fall 2015
In this article, the author points out that, in the last two decades, the make-up of the United States population has changed significantly. Specifically, non-White population is on the rise. In recognition of these changes, teacher multicultural education coursework usually addresses various issues dealing with race, gender, class, religion, and diverse perspectives stemming from a plethora of worldviews, experiences, and life styles. However, these issues cannot be discussed in an eloquent manner without mentioning racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia. At the same time, when talking about racism in a multicultural education course, one must address the issue of "White Privilege," as it is very much intertwined with racism. Discussing one without the other would be futile. However, one might ask "What is White Privilege?" According to many experts on this issue, "White Privilege" refers to unearned advantages enjoyed consciously or subconsciously by people of White skin. In addition to exposing pre-service teachers to the concept of White Privilege, it is also important to discuss the methodologies for teaching this concept. Pre-service teachers can use these methodologies with their future students to teach the concept of White Privilege in an age-appropriate manner.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Whites, Advantaged, Multicultural Education, Race, Racial Discrimination, Concept Teaching, Teaching Methods, Reflection, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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