Cultural perspectives in school communities: an exploration and representation of cultural identity in pre-service teachers

Tartakover, Sarah (2013) Cultural perspectives in school communities: an exploration and representation of cultural identity in pre-service teachers. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

This arts based research consists of a creative product – the film Classroom Conversations around Culture, and an accompanying exegesis – Cultural Perspectives in School Communities: An Exploration and Representation of Cultural Identity in Pre-Service Teachers. Both the film and the exegesis explore the experiences and insights of seven pre-service teachers in their final year of a teaching degree as they undertake their practicum in primary schools in Melbourne’s western suburbs. The research uses portraiture and narrative inquiry methodology to examine a range of issues around pre-service teachers’ knowledge and understanding of cultural identity, racism, diversity and the implications of these understandings on their teaching practice. A re-emerging theme is the manner in which white hegemonic mainstream culture tacitly and overtly excludes people based on their cultural identity and skin colour, and the marginalising effect this has on them. While pre-service teachers are well placed to redress this systemic inequity within the communities they teach by integrating cultural diversity into their teaching and learning, the reflections of the research participants raise a number of associated dilemmas and challenges.

Additional Information

Official URL links to the creative creative product for this thesis– the film Classroom Conversations around Culture.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/25086
Official URL https://vimeo.com/132886888
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords Classroom Conversations around Culture, culturally responsive education, teaching, diversity, multiculturalism, culture, social change, sensitive, inclusiveness, transformation, school communities, schools, social justice, western suburbs, Melbourne, Australia
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