Event Title

This I Believe: Race, Educator Identity, and One Middle Grades Educator Life

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Presentation Type

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Location

Columbus State University

Start Date

3-11-2022 5:30 PM

Description

In this research project, I used a critical autoethnographic approach to examine one middle grades educator's experience as a P-12 and post-secondary practitioner, navigating systems and politics of practice across various contexts, given race, specifically blackness, as one non-negotiable component of educator identity. In doing so, I considered the ways in which race as a factor of identity, shapes or otherwise impacts the experiences, interactions, and perceptions of an educator of color over time, across pedagogical contexts, and through a myriad of situational events. The strength in this project was that the nature of the research lent itself handily to an autoethnographic approach. The component of race---a social construct that in a racialized social setting and by extension, educational setting, becomes identity important---was explored through narrative and considered in its multi-layers. The conclusions of this study may serve to broaden the range of voices currently represented in circles of teacher education and practitioner academic communities, adding to, or providing implications and counter perspectives about ways in which educator practices, professional principles, and collegial interactions are touched and shaped by race as a factor of educator identity.

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Nov 3rd, 5:30 PM

This I Believe: Race, Educator Identity, and One Middle Grades Educator Life

Columbus State University

In this research project, I used a critical autoethnographic approach to examine one middle grades educator's experience as a P-12 and post-secondary practitioner, navigating systems and politics of practice across various contexts, given race, specifically blackness, as one non-negotiable component of educator identity. In doing so, I considered the ways in which race as a factor of identity, shapes or otherwise impacts the experiences, interactions, and perceptions of an educator of color over time, across pedagogical contexts, and through a myriad of situational events. The strength in this project was that the nature of the research lent itself handily to an autoethnographic approach. The component of race---a social construct that in a racialized social setting and by extension, educational setting, becomes identity important---was explored through narrative and considered in its multi-layers. The conclusions of this study may serve to broaden the range of voices currently represented in circles of teacher education and practitioner academic communities, adding to, or providing implications and counter perspectives about ways in which educator practices, professional principles, and collegial interactions are touched and shaped by race as a factor of educator identity.