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ERIC Number: EJ795500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
"White", "Ethnic" and "Indigenous": Pre-Service Teachers Reflect on Discourses of Ethnicity in Australian Culture
Hickling-Hudson, Anne
Policy Futures in Education, v3 n4 p340-358 2005
A cornerstone of the author's pedagogy as a teacher educator is to help students analyse how their culture and socialisation influence their role as teachers. In this article she shares the reflections of her Australian students on their culture. As part of their coursework in an elective subject, "Cultural Diversity and Education", students reflect on and address questions of how they have been socialised to regard Anglo-Australian, Indigenous and non-British migrant cultures in their society. Some recall that their early conditioning cultivated a deep fear of Aborigines, and a tokenistic understanding of ethnicity. Others talk of their confusion between the pulls of assimilation into mainstream "whiteness" and of maintaining a minority identity. This, combined with an often Anglocentric education, has left them with a problematic foundation with regard to becoming teachers who can overcome prejudice and discrimination in the classroom and the curriculum. This article argues that in grappling with the negative legacies of neo-colonialism and its "race" ideologies, teachers need as a first step to analyse discourses of ethnicity and how these discourses construct "white", "ethnic" and Indigenous Australians. This groundwork is necessary for the further steps of honouring the central role of Indigenous people in Australian culture, recognizing how interacting cultures restructure each other, contributing to initiatives for peace and reconciliation, and promoting the study of cultural diversity in the curriculum--all essential components of an intercultural pedagogy. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia