NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ831991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
When "Other People's Children" Are Your Own: A Multicultural Teacher Educator Learns about Difference from the inside out
Bruna, Katherine Richardson
Multicultural Perspectives, v8 n4 p49-54 Nov 2006
As a multicultural teacher educator, the author has committed her professional life to helping future teachers understand their roles and responsibilities in working with the populations that Delpit (1995) referred to as "other people's children." Since the author is a former bilingual instructional assistant and English as a second language teacher, she takes a particular interest in understanding the experiences of linguistic "others"--children who come from homes and communities where their cognitive and socioaffective lives have been shaped through a language other than, or in addition to, English. Teaching about "otherness" or "difference" in a demographic context has its particular challenges. There are the frequently cited attributes of the "typical preservice teacher" to contend with--ignorance of the history and cultural practices of nondominant racial/ethnic groups, disinterest in working with nonmajority students, negative perceptions of these students' abilities and low expectations for their performance, an individualistic view of school failure, an uncritical understanding of the U.S. social structure, and so forth (Richardson Bruna, 2002, 2005)--but perhaps the most frustrating is the mere lack of exposure to "others," to "difference" itself. Here, the author discusses how she learned about difference from the inside out. She also shares lessons she learned from working with students who came from White, middle-class, monolingual English-speaking, Christian homes and communities. The most important lesson she learned was outside university walls, from her son's experience in his second-grade classroom. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A