Growing...but constrained

An exploration of teachers' and researchers' interactions with culture and diversity through personal narratives

Kimetta R. Hairston, Martha Jean Strickland

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Abstract

Educators from all realms of education who engage in in-depth conversations and reflections about personal experiences and perspectives related to diversity are significantly important to the cultural understandings in Education. This paper is a narrative analysis of how teachers who were enrolled in a Master's Program from two university campuses of the same predominantly White university participated in an in-depth look at their diverse cultural experiences through reflection and dialogue. Two researchers, one African American female utilizing the Critical Race Theory perspective the other Caucasian female using Socioconstructivism, interacted with one another and the teachers' narratives through several personal experiences interchanges. The resulting teacher/research dialogue on culture and diversity revealed how when the constraints of different theoretical frameworks and past encounters with culture and diversity are exposed a space for dialogue on culture and diversity, characterized by growth, opens up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-357
Number of pages17
JournalQualitative Report
Volume16
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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