Preparing primary trainee teachers to teach children from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds or groups: participation, experiences and perceptions of trainee teachers

Brownsword, Sarah (2019) Preparing primary trainee teachers to teach children from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds or groups: participation, experiences and perceptions of trainee teachers. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, 11 (2). pp. 39-44.

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Abstract

This research was conducted in response to the exit survey of a cohort of Primary PGCE trainee teachers at a UK University in a predominantly White area who indicated low confidence in teaching children from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds at the end of their course. The research aimed to find out why trainee teachers felt unconfident in teaching children from BAME groups or backgrounds. Using qualitative methods, findings were analysed using a Critical Race Theory framework. Many of the trainee teachers who participated in this research demonstrated a lack of understanding of their own White privilege and a deficit discourse when discussing children from BAME backgrounds. The study explores how ITE, which is often short and already crammed with content, could embed quality training in race and diversity throughout courses in a way that will both challenge individual perceptions and encourage trainee teachers to examine structural barriers within schools.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal
Publisher: Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN)
ISSN: 2054-5266
Departments: Non-Initial Teacher Education (Non-ITE)
Additional Information: Sarah Brownsword, University of East Anglia, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 15:50
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 15:50
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4657

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