School of Education Events

Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around: Engaging with Race in the Early Grades

This talk includes a critical, video-cued ethnographic study of children's sense-making around race in two urban classrooms serving primarily students of color.
Date
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location
220 Teacher Education Building
Description
Young children see & experience the effects of race, racism, & white supremacy on a daily basis. There is an urgent need for anti-bias & anti-racist pedagogy in early childhood classrooms, yet many current recommendations ignore the experiences of young children of color in the classroom. This talk includes a critical, video-cued ethnographic study of children's sense-making around race in two urban classrooms serving primarily students of color. Children in one first grade & one kindergarten class demonstrated nuanced, socio­historically influenced strategies which they used to learn about race, racism, & difference across the school day. Through embodied strategies, children tried out racialized theories & discourses & drew from a shared repertoire of racial narratives. The talk concludes with implications about teacher education & pedagogy about race & issues related to racism. 

Anna Falkner is a doccoral candidate in the Deparcment of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research broadly examines critical issues such as cultural citizenship & race in early childhood education. 
Candidate for C&I Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education 

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