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Ideologies in Education

Unmasking the Trap of Teacher Neutrality


Lilia I. Bartolomé

Ideologies in Education: Unmasking the Trap of Teacher Neutrality powerfully exposes the invisible yet pervasive nature of oppressive dominant ideologies, the urgent need to articulate their existence, and the harmful impact they have on education. The solutions to many of the educational challenges facing subordinated students are not purely technical or methodological in nature, but are instead rooted in commonly unacknowledged discriminatory ideologies and practices. The invisible foundation (hegemonic ideologies that inform our perceptions and treatment of subordinated students) needs to be made explicit and studied critically in order to comprehend the challenges presented in minority education – and possible solutions – more accurately. This book confronts the continuing existence and vigorous resurgence of not-easily-named discriminatory perspectives toward students from subordinated cultural groups, as well as their numerous manifestations in schools, and identifies the measures necessary to neutralize unequal material conditions and biased beliefs. Contributors courageously address these issues and ideologies at both the practical and theoretical levels. Ideologies in Education is indispensable for courses that examine multiculturalism, the sociocultural dimensions of education, minority educational issues, and cultural studies.
Contents: Lilia I. Bartolomé: Introduction: Beyond the Fog of Ideology – Ricardo E. Gonsalves: Hysterical Blindness and the Ideology of Denial: Preservice Teachers’ Resistance to Multicultural Education – María V. Balderrama: Shooting the Messenger: The Consequences of Practicing an Ideology of Social Justice – Felicity A. Crawford: Underprepared «Veteran» Special Education Teachers’ Reliance on Racist and Classist Ideologies – Guadalupe López Bonilla: Teachers’ D/discourses and Socially Situated Identities: Literacy Practices in a Mexican High School – Panayota Gounari: Unlearning the Official History: Agency and Pedagogies of Possibility – Karen Cadiero-Kaplan: Critically Examining Beliefs, Orientations, Ideologies, and Practices Toward Literacy Instruction: A Process of Praxis – Stephanie Cox Suárez: Sharing the Wealth: Guiding All Students Into the Professional Discourse – Paula S. Martin: «I’m White, Now What?» Setting a Context for Change in Teachers’ Pedagogy – Nelda L. Barrón: Reflections from Beneath the Veil: Mainstream Preservice Teachers (Dis)Covering Their Cultural Identities – Paula Elliott: Mapping the Terrain(s) of Ideology in New Urban Teachers’ Professional Development Experiences – Cristina Alfaro: Developing Ideological Clarity: One Teacher’s Journey – Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant: Politicized Mothering: Authentic Caring Among African American Women Teachers – Joe L. Kincheloe: Afterword: The Importance of Ideology in Contemporary Education.