What teacher education can learn from blackface minstrelsy

Timothy J. Lensmire, Nathan Snaza

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Abstract

Research on the racial identities of White future teachers has assumed and circulated an overly simplified, and ultimately unhelpful, conception of White racial identity. An alternative is needed, which the authors develop with reference to scholarship that explores White people's participation in blackface minstrelsy. They argue that at the core of White racial selves is a profound ambivalence that must be accounted for if future research is to better illuminate what the racial identities of White future teachers mean for their development as educators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-422
Number of pages10
JournalEducational Researcher
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

Keywords

  • Identity
  • Race
  • Teacher education/development

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