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Narratives of Inclusive Teaching

Stories of <i>Becoming</i> in the Field

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Srikala Naraian and Sarah L. Schlessinger

Teachers are increasingly challenged by dilemmas of practice as they negotiate their commitments to equity for students from historically marginalized communities, including students with disabilities, against the demands of their school settings. This book seeks to understand the ways in which teachers’ engagements with their schooling contexts evoke varied forms of inclusive practice. It narrates the experiences of seven novice teachers who entered the field deeply committed to inclusive practice. It documents their conflicts, joys and struggles within the collectivities in which they were embedded. In doing thus, the book discloses the many unpredictable trajectories of practice that encompass the complex work of teaching for inclusion.

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Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter OneA Male Teacher of Color: Filling the Void with Taiyo Ebato

Chapter TwoNegotiating the Cruel Optimisms of Inclusivity with Molly Goodell

Chapter ThreeRecognizing Success, Deferring Competence with Peter Reitzfeld

Chapter FourStories of a Feminist Killjoy Inclusive Educator with Harley Jones

Chapter FiveA Dystopian Tale with Jessica Ewing

Chapter SixSearching for an Activist-Educator Self: Towards a DisCrit Classroom Ecology with Adam Kuranishi

Chapter SevenAbsurdities and Contradictions: Teaching against Oneself with Rena Matsushita

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