n Education as Change - A teacher trying to live within and without bias : making sense in a 'desegregating' place of work
|Article Title||A teacher trying to live within and without bias : making sense in a 'desegregating' place of work|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Education as Change|
|Author||Kholeka Moloi and Elizabeth Henning|
|Publication Date||Dec 2006|
|Pages||111 - 130|
|Keyword(s)||Desegration, Racism and Teacher|
ISI Social Science
This paper examines the identity discourse of a Black teacher who searches for her sense of professional self in a previously White, Afrikaans school in a working class area of an industrial town in South Africa. The researchers see her struggling to find her role in the school, amidst remnants of a past regime in a setting that shows the underside of desegregation. We interpret the findings from a cultural historical perspective, by way of discourse analysis, which shows how the teacher continually positions herself in terms of her perception of a racial divide in which she does not feel empowered, despite her capabilities. This discourse is dominant in her representations of herself in talk and text and her identification as a teacher. It shows how this speech-acting positions her professional sense of self.
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