Issues in Practice Series

Respecting Difference

Race, Faith and Culture for Teacher Educators

August 2012
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  • Publisher
    UCL IOE Press
  • Published
    14th August 2012
  • ISBN 9780854738878
  • Language English
  • Pages 80 pp.
  • Size 9.5" x 6.75"

Respecting Difference demonstrates how teacher educators in the UK and worldwide can attract, recruit and support black and minority ethnic students to become much-needed and valued future teachers and educational leaders.

This accessible guide presents insights into the institutional and individual dilemmas and experiences of both tutors and students involved in Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses as they deal with issues of race, faith and culture. While the book collects and shares good practice, case studies throughout the book highlight specific ways tutors and students have explored and learned from difficult situations to develop positive outcomes. Student experiences are fundamental in framing the outcomes, particularly in respect of racist incidents and the dynamics of institutional racism. The book demonstrates how to create spaces and networks where people can express themselves and seek support so that problems are recognized and resolved.

The book includes:
* A snapshot of policy and practice on the PGCE
* Clear and up-to-date descriptions of race-relations policies, procedures and legislative guidance
* Clarification of the responsibilities of tutors in relation to professional practice in issues of diversity
* Case studies based on real examples, such as how to support Muslim women students, and how to deal with the sensitive topic of racism in the classroom.

"This is the book that students, lecturers, trainers and mentors have been calling for to enable anti-racist good practice in teacher education. Rooted in expert knowledge and based on the outcomes of a fascinating research project giving voice to staff and students involved in an inner-city PGCE course, it provides real-life examples of good practice and the hidden barriers identified by students and tutors themselves. The authors strike an excellent balance between recognising the pressures on teacher educators while highlighting the desperate need for safe institutional spaces for curriculum development and to reassess the everyday behaviours and attitudes which perpetuate racism. For too long research has shown us that race policies do not always filter through to practices on the ground. This valuable, clearly written and timely book covering conceptual understanding, recruitment, retention, curriculum development, reflective practice and tools for making changes is a vital contribution to teacher education."

Julie Hall, Co-chair Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and Director of Learning and Teaching Enhancement - , University of Roehampton

"In an increasingly diverse world where notions of difference are no longer regarded as stable or fixed, Mirza and Meetoo help readers to see the complexity of difference. The challenge of globalization is to see the full humanity of every person--to recognize that each is more than the sum total of his or her race, class, gender, language, national origin, faith, sexual identity, or ability. As human beings we organize ourselves in infinite combinations that are special, indeed sacred to us all and until we truly respect difference we will not understand democracy. Respecting Difference is a great start."

Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies - , University of Wisconsin-Madison

List of Abbreviations
About the authors

1) A study in race, faith and culture
2) Getting in the door: Fair admissions and recruitment practice
3) Staying the course: Racism, retention and progression
4) Promoting dialogue: Developing curriculum and resources
5) Looking in the mirror: Using the law and learning about ourselves
6) Conclusion: Challenging perceptions and changing culture


Heidi Mirza

Heidi Mirza is Professor of Equalities Studies in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has published extensively on the intersectionality of gender and race, including studies on ethnicity and educational attainment, multiculturalism and the experiences of Muslim and minority ethnic women. She has shaped many national and international initiatives for raising equality standards in education for black and minority ethnic students.

Veena Meetoo

Veena Meetoo is Research Officer at the Thomas Coram Research Institute, Institute of Education, University of London. She has conducted research into social justice and inequalities, particularly at the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity and migration.