Tackling Racism on School Placements - T. Basit, A. Kenward and L. Roberts (Dec 2005)
Racism is still a reality in the life of some minority ethnic student teachers/trainees. HEIs and partnership schools have an equal opportunities policy, but not a separate antiracism policy.
The aims of this study were to:
- Identify and report on student teachers'/trainees’ experiences of racism on school placements during teacher training.
- Document school responses to racist incidences against the student teacher/trainee and the student teacher's/trainee’s views on how these were dealt with.
- Identify examples of effective practice that tackle racism encountered by student teachers/trainees on school experience.
Minority ethnic student teachers/trainees, placement school mentors and heads of ITE programmes at the three Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) were interviewed for this study.
Key findings include:
- Minority ethnic student teachers/trainees do experience racism on school placements.
- Racism in schools is frequently in the form of verbal abuse from pupils, though there are instances of physical violence as well.
- Racism from mentors is usually in the form of lack of support for trainees, prejudice and low expectations.
- Heads of programmes at HEIs are approachable and supportive when student teachers/trainees report instances of racism.
- Most placement school mentors are supportive when student teachers/trainees report racist incidents, though some tend to trivialise them.
Tehmina Basit University of Leicester
Ann Kenward, University of Sussex
Lorna Roberts, Manchester Metropolitan University
anti racist policy
Article Id : 11871
Date Posted: 8/2/2006