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Promoting cohesion, challenging expectations : educating the teachers of tomorrow for race equality and diversity in 21st century schools

Hick, Peter and Arshad, Rowena and Mitchell, Laura and Watt, Diane and Roberts, Lorna (2011) Promoting cohesion, challenging expectations : educating the teachers of tomorrow for race equality and diversity in 21st century schools. Manchester Metropolitan University, Institute of Education.

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Survey evidence suggests that newly qualified teachers tend to feel relatively ill-prepared to engage with pupils of BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) heritage or to respond to potentially challenging issues related to race equality in schools. Of key concern is how the teaching work force - predominantly white, monolingual, female and middle class - can be enabled to be more effective and culturally competent in teaching an increasingly diverse pupil population in terms of ethnicity, culture, language and economics. Preparing teachers to support schools’ role in promoting social cohesion remains of vital relevance in a period of increasing austerity and social change. A research team from the University of Edinburgh and Manchester Metropolitan University interviewed 31 lecturers involved in teacher education in Scotland and England, to find out how they are dealing with race equality issues.

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