Title

Front Streeting: A challenge in preparing culturally diverse teachers for diverse students

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-17-2019

Publication Title

Anthropology and Education Quarterly

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1111/aeq.12285

ISSN

1548-1492

Abstract

Educational research widely neglects the effectiveness of multicultural education courses among teacher candidates of color (TCCs). In this article, the experiences of six Black preservice teachers enrolled in a diversity course are explicated to unearth nuanced pedagogical missteps that hinder their development as students of asset pedagogies. Undergirded by the five principles of critical race theory, findings reveal that TCCs exhibit varied forms of resistance to monolithic content that frame minoritized groups in the deficit. In this particular study, Front Streeting refers to the vulnerability teachers of color experience when their minoritized identities are fetishized in diversity classrooms, through an expectation of confirmed lived experiences or expert knowledge of their demographic groups. The article explores the general privileging of whiteness in multicultural education curriculum and instruction while challenging teacher educators to reconsider how to engage students from diverse demographic groups.

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