TitleWrestling whiteness: Three stages of shifting multicultural perspectives among white pre-service teachers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsHill-Jackson, V.
JournalMulticultural Perspectives
Volume9
Issue2
Pagination6
KeywordsEducation
Abstract

Hill-Jackson aims her attention at the role of consciousness in relation to white and middle class pre-service teacher candidates.  As the student population is becoming more diverse, the opposite is happening among the pre-service teachers population.  The author suggest that the development of a critical consciousness can serve to overcome the obstacles that arise from the cultural differences between students and faculty.  The results from a semester long study reveal that there are three stages that white pre-service student go through when shifting perspectives on diversity issues: the unconscious stage, the responsive stage, and the critical conscious stage.  The combination of whiteness research and teacher education is compelling, especially within the larger discourse of inclusive education.