ERIC Number: EJ1157455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Language Use and Racial Redirect in the Educational Landscape of "Just Good Teaching"
Liggett, Tonda; Watson, Dyan; Griffin, Linda
Teaching Education, v28 n4 p393-405 2017
At colleges and universities across the United States, teacher preparation programs are increasingly required to prepare teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. Teacher education programs have responded by incorporating fieldwork experiences and curricular requirements that include a social justice and multicultural education focus. One key individual is uniquely positioned to reinforce and connect coursework with classroom practice during the teacher candidate's practicum experience: the university supervisor. Our research team focused on the supervisors and their understandings of culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP) in order to better support them as they worked with teacher candidates to reinforce CRP in the classroom. Through interviews, field notes, and classroom observations, we examined language (words, phrases) that the supervisors used to talk about race and culture in relation to CRP. Our findings indicate a tendency to redirect conversations about race and culture to topics that they were more versed on such as teaching to the whole child or addressing the needs of the individual student. We termed this linguistic move the "racial redirect," which emerged in language that (1) simplified the meaning of CRP and (2) made CRP seem like an unexpected or chance event in teaching.
Descriptors: Language Usage, Teacher Effectiveness, Culturally Relevant Education, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Grounded Theory, Racial Identification, Student Diversity, Supervisors, Race, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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