‘Outsiders’ and ‘others’: ‘different’ teachers teaching in culturally diverse classrooms

Santoro, Ninetta 2007, ‘Outsiders’ and ‘others’: ‘different’ teachers teaching in culturally diverse classrooms, Teachers and teaching : theory and practice, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 81-97.

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Title ‘Outsiders’ and ‘others’: ‘different’ teachers teaching in culturally diverse classrooms
Author(s) Santoro, Ninetta
Journal name Teachers and teaching : theory and practice
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 81
End page 97
Publisher Carfax
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1354-0602
1470-1278
Summary This article draws on data from two separate qualitative research studies that investigated the experiences of Indigenous teachers and ethnic minority teachers in Australian schools. The data presented here were collected via in-depth individual semi-structured interviews with teachers in 2004 and 2005. Data analysis was informed by poststructuralist discourse theory and the data were examined for broad themes and recurring discourse patterns relevant to the projects’ foci. The article explores how teachers who are not from the Anglo-Celtic Australian ‘mainstream’ use their cultural knowledge and experiences as ‘other’ to develop deep understandings of ethnic minority and/or Indigenous students. I suggest that the teachers’ knowledge of ‘self’ in regards to ethnicity and/or Indigeneity and social class enables them to empathize with students of difference, to contextualize their students’ responses to schooling through understanding their out-of-school lives from perspectives not available to teachers from the dominant cultural majority. I raise in this paper a number of important implications for teacher education including the need to recruit and retain greater numbers of teachers of difference in schools, the need to acknowledge their potential to make valuable contributions to the education of minority students as well as their potential to act as cross-cultural mentors for their ‘mainstream’ colleagues.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018031

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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