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ERIC Number: EJ969712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
Critical Classrooms: Using Artists' Lives to Teach Young Students Social Groups, Power, and Privilege
Silva, Janelle M.
Urban Education, v47 n4 p776-800 Jul 2012
This article uses data from a 9-month ethnography in California to illustrate how elementary teacher's decision to reenact Jane Elliott's "A Class Divided" experiment, in conjunction with an artist-centered multicultural curriculum, shifted classroom conversations to a more critical dialogue of social groups, power, and privilege. Data illustrate how this approach to learning about diversity and difference can facilitate development of students' critical consciousness at the elementary school level. Student interviews and an interview with the classroom teacher are also used to triangulate findings. The article concludes with suggestions as to how teachers can create critical spaces in their own classrooms. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California