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ERIC Number: EJ950004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Inhabiting the "Tragic Gap": Pre-Service Teachers Practicing Racial Literacy
Mosley, Melissa; Rogers, Rebecca
Teaching Education, v22 n3 p303-324 2011
Set in the context of a teacher education program, this study examined how three White pre-service teachers participate in book club discussions of children's literature. We asked: When White pre-service teachers are in a context that enables talk about race, racism and anti-racism, what do they talk about? What conceptual and discursive tools do they use? We were guided by these questions, along with theoretical perspectives of racial literacy, multicultural discourses and a form of critical discourse analysis referred to as "positive discourse analysis" or "reconstructive discourse analysis". Our analysis illustrates that the participants held two questions, what constitutes racism and what makes a person a White ally, without firm resolution in the form and function of their talk. Their discourses illustrate that racial literacy involves what teachers say and also a willingness to stand in the space of indeterminacy, which may create space for new social positions. We argue for a continued theorization of critical discourse analysis alongside of racial literacy and multicultural discourses. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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