It's Not Just About Black and White, Miss

Children's Awareness of Race

July 2009
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    8th July 2009
  • ISBN 9781858564371
  • Language English
  • Pages 176 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.5"

Speaking openly of their ideas about race, these nine and ten year-olds show they have internalized the prevailing western mindset—whatever their own ethnicity. And this mindset is racist.

Research has long been needed into what children themselves think about cultural diversity and about efforts to counter racism in their schools. Here is the empirical, child-centered research that tells educators what they need to know. It was conducted with a sample of Year 5 pupils in two predominantly white and two diverse schools which were themselves involved in the research process. The book is suffused with their vibrant, profound and original voices and their often surprising ideas.

The children’s views are accompanied by the researcher’s sociologically informed close observation of school life and the views and practice of the teachers, and the book concludes with the important implications she identifies for policy and practice in schools.

It’s Not Just About Black and White, Miss is an enlightening and enjoyable read for primary teachers and trainees and offers grounded information for policy makers and school managers.

"This is a very enjoyable book which would be a useful resource for teachers and professionals who have a keen interest in equality and inclusion."

- , Escalate

Acknowledgements; Foreword; 1) Introduction; 2) Issues of Diversity in Two Ethnically Diverse Schools; 3) Character and Ethos of Two Predominantly White Schools; 4) Being British and Cultural Identity; 5) Children’s Stances Towards Cultural Difference; 6) Children’s Knowledge and Attitudes; 7) The Influence of the School; 8) Implications for Practice; Appendix: The Research Methods; Bibliography; Index.

Sally Elton-Chalcraft

Sally Elton-Chalcraft is a senior lecturer at the University of Cumbria, course leader for the 4 year primary QTS, Religious Studies Specialism and co-ordinator of the QCA funded minority ethnic recruitment and retention project.