The unrecognised: a study of how some black and minority ethnic student teachers face the challenges of initial teacher education in England

Warner, Diane (2018) The unrecognised: a study of how some black and minority ethnic student teachers face the challenges of initial teacher education in England. Doctoral thesis, University of Cumbria (awarding body Lancaster University).

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Abstract

Racism, as a covert but pervasive presence in teacher training in England, remains a major structural issue and its effects on student teachers, from Black and Minority Ethnic groups, are real and troubling. This Study asserts that they face multiple challenges in the Initial Teacher Education process which has implications for the teaching workforce and for pupils in schools. While national statistics for recruitment of BME applicants onto Initial Teacher Education courses are at good levels, in proportion to the BME population in general, their numbers are not viable because the drop-out rate between starting and completing courses, and becoming employed as classroom teachers, is significant. Furthermore the numbers of BME qualified teachers are small in relation to both the BME and white populations in England. This Study, which focuses on 32 BME student teachers at four universities across England, looks at how they journey through and negotiate obstacles and microagressions on their ITE courses. It shows that for those who choose to continue on their teaching course, their responses and modes of coping are complex and varied. Using Critical Race Theory to analyse their stories and make visible the way that hidden racisms within ITE can silence and disempower BME student teachers, the key findings reveal that they may adopt four ‘cultural positions’: Manoeuvred Cultural Position, Vibrant Cultural Position, Discerning Cultural Position, Stagnated Cultural Position. These demonstrate whether they are managing, struggling, culturally visible or culturally invisible. This study has implications for teacher educators and senior managers in universities involved in Initial Teacher Education in England.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Doctoral)
Departments: Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Lancaster University, December 2018.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 15:16
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 15:44
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4541

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