The (Im)possible Multicultural Teacher

A Critical Approach to Understanding White Teachers’ Multicultural Work

Authors: Pimentel, Charise

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  • In detailed case studies this book examines the pedagogical possibilities and impossibilities of White teachers implementing critical forms of multicultural education in school and social contexts that are overwhelmingly racist, xenophobic, and entrenched in language elitist ideologies.
  • Drawing from critical ethnographic research data, this book identifies the sociopolitical contexts in which teachers and students are situated and brings to light the complexity of teachers’ everyday attempts to implement multicultural education.
  • This book identifies the concept of the (Im)possible Multicultural Teacher and juxtaposes this teaching disposition with other common teaching dispositions that often emerge when White teachers address educational equity issues, including: The Detached Teacher, The Deficit Thinker, and The Rugged Multicultural Teacher.
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The (Im)possible Multicultural Teacher: A Critical Approach to Understanding White Teachers’ Multicultural Work provides a nuanced examination of what committed and critical-minded White teachers can do to transform educational inequities in their racially and linguistically diverse classrooms. Drawing from an ethnographic research study with three White teachers working at elementary, middle, and high school levels, this book provides a theoretical frame for understanding teachers’ multicultural practices as well as three detailed case study chapters that document the teachers’ attempts at implementing multicultural practices. Within each case study chapter, the author defines the sociopolitical context in which the teachers work and that ultimately shapes the (im)possibilities of their multicultural practices. The ethnographic research data show that the teachers’ processes of implementing multicultural education are characterized by not only transformative pedagogies, but also pedagogical practices that take up and (re)produce the racial ideologies that make their multicultural endeavors difficult, if not impossible, to actualize. As the title of this book suggests, the author seeks to examine both the possibilities and impossibilities—the (im)possibilities—of White teachers implementing multicultural education

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The (Im)possible Multicultural Teacher
Book Subtitle
A Critical Approach to Understanding White Teachers’ Multicultural Work
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6351-146-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6351-146-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
CXXII, 10
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