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ERIC Number: EJ799277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
Experienced Teachers' Perspectives on Cultural and Social Class Diversity: Which Differences Matter?
Allard, Andrea C.; Santoro, Ninetta
Equity & Excellence in Education, v41 n2 p200-214 Apr 2008
This article reports on a pilot study that investigated the beliefs, values, and pedagogies of experienced high school teachers who worked with student populations of non-English speaking and economically disadvantaged immigrants or refugees in Australia. Qualitative research methods, including focus groups and in-depth individual interviews with teachers, produced data that were examined using Critical Discourse Analysis. Close reading of the teachers' comments suggests that there are a number of key discourses that teachers use to make sense of differences among culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged groups of students. Specifically, teachers distinguish between cultural groups on the basis of students' life experiences prior to arrival in Australia; students' collective and individual educational experiences; and the different social class positioning of students within the same ethnic group. In their comments, teachers at times categorised students in generalised and stereotypical ways but also were able to critique and reflect on their personal assumptions. An analysis of the teachers' reflections provides insights into how they made sense of "diversity" and how, as teachers, they try to work productively with ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged students. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia