ERIC Number: EJ888313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 0
"I Don't Think I'm Biased"
Teaching Tolerance, n37 p53-55 Spr 2010
In this article, the author shares how "encounter experiences" help pre-service and practicing teachers confront their attitudes about race and privilege. Multicultural understanding and proficiency have never been more important to teachers than they are right now. In their work as teacher educators over the years, they have carefully watched and listened as pre-service and practicing teachers struggled with their own understandings of diversity. The process of becoming competent in multicultural discourse is advanced by an initial event or "encounter" that challenges individuals to reconsider their beliefs and attitudes. As some of these experiences are not always available or accessible, teachers have worked to identify encounter experiences that can occur within the walls of university classrooms or schools which can elicit outcomes. This article presents a number of resources to help teachers create an encounter experience and tools to help teachers examine their own biases and think critically about what "race" really means.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Teacher Educators, Teacher Attitudes, Student Teacher Attitudes, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Self Concept, Attitude Change, Social Attitudes, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Consciousness Raising
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