Talking culture? Egalitarianism, color-blindness and racism in Australian elementary schools

Walton, Jessica, Priest, Naomi, Kowal, Emma, White, Fiona, Brickwood, Katie, Fox, Brandi and Paradies, Yin 2014, Talking culture? Egalitarianism, color-blindness and racism in Australian elementary schools, Teaching and teacher education, vol. 39, pp. 112-122.


Title Talking culture? Egalitarianism, color-blindness and racism in Australian elementary schools
Author(s) Walton, Jessica
Priest, Naomi
Kowal, Emma
White, Fiona
Brickwood, Katie
Fox, Brandi
Paradies, Yin
Journal name Teaching and teacher education
Volume number 39
Start page 112
End page 122
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-04
ISSN 0742-051X
Keyword(s) egalitarianism
ethnic-racial socialization
color-blindness
racism
schools
Summary This study examines egalitarianism as an ethnic-racial socialization message used by teachers with 8-12 year old children in four socio-demographically diverse elementary schools in Melbourne, Australia. The three main types of egalitarian messages identified are i) procedural-justice color-blindness, ii) distributive-justice color-blindness and iii) colormuteness, and each is explored in relation to how teachers talk to children about racial, ethnic and cultural diversity, and racism. We conclude that teacher confidence and capability, and to a lesser degree, school context, influenced the types of egalitarian messages used about diversity and the extent to which teachers had explicit and critical discussions about racism.
Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
160809 Sociology of Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060196

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