The ‘I’ in Identity: A White Future Teacher Confronts Race in an Urban School

Abiola Farinde-Wu, Adam J. Alvarez, Ayana Allen-Handy

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A central issue teacher education programmes face is adequately preparing a majority White teacher population to address issues of race and diversity while meeting the varying academic needs of racially/ethnically diverse students. In examining the preparation of future educators, teacher education research confirms the importance of racial identity development; however, literature often omits the methods and strategies used to build racial consciousness and racial identities among preservice teachers. Considering this gap, this case study explores the identity development of a White future teacher participating in an educational initiative for underserved students of Colour. Through the lenses of teacher identity development and racial identity development theory, we found that in studying interviews and journal reflections our future educator showed increased racial awareness, influencing her pedagogical interactions with her Black students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-129
Number of pages18
JournalWhiteness and Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Demography


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