Fostering critical consciousness and agency through ethnic studies: an exploration with sixth-graders

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Kia L. Barrett (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Beverly Faircloth

Abstract: This inquiry engaged sixth-grade students, in an ethnically and culturally diverse middle school that does not have Ethnic Studies curriculum, in content that intentionally centered inequality and issues of race and racism reflected in the students lived realities, with a goal of inviting students’ critical thinking/consciousness and potential agency about these issues. Students engaged in content weekly during an after-school club over two semesters. The first semester was executed as a book club, while the second semester introduced topics via various sources such as video clips and newspaper articles. Students shared their experiences with other members and worked to make meaning of their stories. This inquiry reveals students’ racialized experiences, and also examines the process of student’s development of critical consciousness.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Critical Race Theory, Discrimination, Ethnic Studies, Middle school, Oppression, Racism
Critical thinking $x Study and teaching (Middle school)
Ethnicity $x Study and teaching (Middle school)
Ethnic relations $x Study and teaching (Middle school)
Cultural pluralism $x Study and teaching (Middle school)
Culturally relevant pedagogy
Critical pedagogy

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