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ERIC Number: EJ926258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Growing...But Constrained: An Exploration of Teachers' and Researchers' Interactions with Culture and Diversity through Personal Narratives
Hairston, Kimetta R.; Strickland, Martha J.
Qualitative Report, v16 n2 p341-357 Mar 2011
Educators from all realms of education who engage in in-depth conversations and reflections about personal experiences and perspectives related to diversity are significantly important to the cultural understandings in Education. This paper is a narrative analysis of how teachers who were enrolled in a Master's Program from two university campuses of the same predominantly White university participated in an in-depth look at their diverse cultural experiences through reflection and dialogue. Two researchers, one African American female utilizing the Critical Race Theory perspective the other Caucasian female using Socio-constructivism, interacted with one another and the teachers' narratives through several personal experiences interchanges. The resulting teacher/research dialogue on culture and diversity revealed how when the constraints of different theoretical frameworks and past encounters with culture and diversity are exposed a space for dialogue on culture and diversity, characterized by growth, opens up.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Masters Programs, Personal Narratives, Researchers, Cultural Differences, Teacher Attitudes, Ethnic Diversity, Interaction, Social Theories, Racial Factors, Graduate Study
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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