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Critical engagement with whiteness: Beyond Lecturing on the evils of racism

Aveling, N. (2012) Critical engagement with whiteness: Beyond Lecturing on the evils of racism. In: Smyth, J. and Down, B., (eds.) Critical Voices in Teacher Education. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 111-123.

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I would contend that it is only when we are willing to deconstruct the taken-for-grantedness of our own experiences that we begin to understand the ways in which our assumptions are instrumental in preserving the white, western, masculinized experience as the norm. Hence, this chapter tells the story of a group of Australian teacher education students as they explore the workings of prejudice and discrimination through a series of simulation exercises grounded in ‘what-if’ situations. Given that research has extensively documented the presence of diverse manifestations of racism in education and suggested that teachers are not well equipped to deal with its various expressions, future educators need to actively explore how their own racial identities have been shaped within a broader racist culture if, upon graduation, they are to engage their own students in anti-racism in meaningful and constructive ways.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: 2012 Springer Science + Business Media
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