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ERIC Number: EJ857390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1361-3324
Reading African-American Literature to Understand the World: Critical Race Praxis in Teacher Preparation
Katsarou, Eleni
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v12 n2 p253-266 Jul 2009
Teacher preparation programs have come under close scrutiny and teacher educators are being called to shift the center of gravity from traditional approaches to more transformative and urban-focused curricula that will better prepare teacher candidates (TCs) to become effective and caring teachers of diverse pupils, particularly in urban sites. Critical race praxis scholars and practitioners have long argued that colleges of education have been complicit in maintaining the education inequalities that exist in schools that serve children of color, English language learners, and other pupils of non-dominant backgrounds. In this paper, I will give an account of the changes made in a student-teaching seminar, including the assigned readings and fieldwork assignments, that aimed to explore the key ideas of historical context, especially as it is reflected in schools and communities, and the notion of self as situated within it. Drawing from the experiences of many years as a teacher educator but especially from those in the reported year-long course of study and actions, I conclude that teacher preparation must first center all efforts in offering TCs ideas and text that pave the way to resist racist, reductionist, and overly-simplified metaphors that are used to describe children and second insist on highlighting real models of teachers and school leaders who know the historical and cultural antecedents of their school and communities, and who frame powerfully a culture of learning and an ethos of achievement that is accessible to non-dominant students and their parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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