YOU Wouldn't Understand...: White Teachers in Multi-Ethnic Classrooms

YOU Wouldn't Understand...: White Teachers in Multi-Ethnic Classrooms

by Sarah Pearce
     
 

ISBN-10: 1858563623

ISBN-13: 9781858563626

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

"You Wouldn’t Understand" looks at ethnic diversity in schools through the eyes of teachers rather than pupils. It tells the story of one white teacher’s developing understanding of how her own racial and ethnic background influenced the way she regarded and taught the mainly South Asian Muslim children in her classes. She began with a belief that

Overview

"You Wouldn’t Understand" looks at ethnic diversity in schools through the eyes of teachers rather than pupils. It tells the story of one white teacher’s developing understanding of how her own racial and ethnic background influenced the way she regarded and taught the mainly South Asian Muslim children in her classes. She began with a belief that narrowness in the curriculum was her students' problem, but she came to see the bigger picture. The book charts her gradual realization that many of the problems lcome from her own lack of understanding of race, racism, and her own racial identity.

The book explores the idea of whiteness as not a biological but a social construction, and one which influences white people’s ways of seeing the world in often unnoticed ways. The author relates whiteness to aspects of her own behaviour, which she recorded in a diary over five years. The book also considers the children’s struggles to construct and understand their own emerging identities in this environment, and the views of several other white teachers, some of whom shared the author’s confusion and doubts, and others who were more confident about teaching in culturally diverse classrooms.

This searching analysis of the innards of whiteness and the way it affects how white teachers approach pupils who are not white is illuminating and important. It should be required reading for all teacher trainers and all white trainee teachers, as well as for white managers and teachers working in multi-ethnic schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781858563626
Publisher:
Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvi
Introduction1
Chapter 1The Teacher as the Solution11
Chapter 2The Teacher as the Problem29
Chapter 3Children's Attitudes towards Race and Identity53
Chapter 4Teachers' Views on Race and Difference81
Chapter 5Teaching as a Political Activity109
Chapter 6Conclusion121
References135
Index139

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