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ERIC Number: EJ911083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1361-3324
Seeing the Strange in the Familiar: Unpacking Racialized Practices in Early Childhood Settings
Brown, Sally; Souto-Manning, Mariana; Laman, Tasha Tropp
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v13 n4 p513-532 Dec 2010
In this article, three educators share case studies describing racial biases and segregationist practices in early schooling. The authors draw upon critical race theory as a lens and employ critical discourse analysis to uncover classed and raced biases within and across three early childhood contexts. While the cases are situated in specific public school settings--a parent teacher association (PTA) fundraiser, a mandated literacy program, and a read-aloud--they shed light onto a variety of contexts as these are all common phenomena in many American elementary schools. Together, the cases illustrate how racism has been normalized through familiar practices in early childhood settings. Through description and reflection, the authors suggest ways to start seeing the strange in the familiar, unpacking racialized practices across three settings, and advocating new ways of thinking about these common practices leading to change and transformation. (Contains 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States