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ERIC Number: EJ900231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8204
Seeing, Inquiring, Witnessing: Using the Equity Audit in Practitioner Inquiry to Rethink Inequity in Public Schools
Groenke, Susan L.
English Education, v43 n1 p83-96 Oct 2010
In "Letters to a Young Teacher," Jonathan Kozol (2007) describes the need for teachers to "speak out as witnesses to the injustices they see each day in public schools" (p. 93). Sometimes beginning teachers need help learning to see injustices, as well as in making sense of the sociopolitical systems of which schooling is a part. Or, as in the author's own experience, some beginning teachers may see educational inequity but not have the words or language to name it, describe it, critique it, and thus work to change it. Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Susan L. Lytle (2001) talk about "inquiry as stance" (p. 46) as a theoretical positioning of the teaching self to be a reflective practitioner. Such a stance entails critique and transformation as well as a commitment "not only to high standards for the learning of all students but also to social change and social justice and to the individual and collective professional growth of teachers" (p. 46). The author understands practitioner inquiry in teacher education as a means to prepare teachers to be democratic school leaders who: (1) have comprehensive, insightful understandings of equity and inequity relationships; (2) can critically question current accountability policy; and (3) work for true equity-positive outcomes in their local school contexts. To do so, beginning teachers need strategies and tools with which to successfully accomplish this work. The equity audit is one such tool. In this article, the author describes the equity audit and its implementation in the action research course she teaches in hopes that other teacher educators might find it a useful tool for their own equity-minded work with beginning teachers. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A