Experiencing Racialization: Digital Ethnography as Professional Development for Teachers

  • Nicholas P. Wysocki


Teacher education programs have the task of preparing teacher candidates for classrooms that are increasingly heterogeneous in terms of the ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, and linguistic diversity of the learners. These programs are required by their accreditation agencies, at both the state and national level, to equip teacher candidates with the competencies to meet the academic needs of said learners. This chapter examines how one preparation course is implementing an analytical project to better prepare teacher candidates to transform both their thinking and comfort level in talking about the construct of race. It begins with a discussion of how racialization occurs for teacher candidates, and then it discusses the meanings that such racialization has for the process of teaching and learning. A Digital Ethnography project is then presented as a useful technique to help these candidates work through their views about the phenomenon of racialization.


Teacher Education Program Classroom Management Teacher Candidate Diverse Student Diverse Learner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Winona State UniversityWinonaUSA

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