Race still matters: preparing culturally relevant teachers

Tonia Durden, Caitlin Mc Munn Dooley, Diane Truscott

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This qualitative study explores racial identity development of teacher candidates during a teacher preparation program dedicated to preparing teachers for diverse classrooms. Two black teacher candidates in the US demonstrate their racial identity development through critical reflections offered throughout the program. Findings suggest that teachers’ racial identities shaped their constructions of culturally relevant (CR) pedagogy. Implications for teacher education programs include considering how the development of CR pedagogues is influenced by teacher candidates’ racial identities and experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1003-1024
Number of pages22
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2 2016


  • black teacher candidates
  • culturally relevant teachers
  • racial identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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