When ‘picking the right people’ is not enough: A Bourdieuian analysis of social justice and dispositional change in pre-service teachers

Mills, Carmen (2012) When ‘picking the right people’ is not enough: A Bourdieuian analysis of social justice and dispositional change in pre-service teachers. International Journal of Educational Research, 53 269-277. doi:10.1016/j.ijer.2012.04.001

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Author Mills, Carmen
Title When ‘picking the right people’ is not enough: A Bourdieuian analysis of social justice and dispositional change in pre-service teachers
Journal name International Journal of Educational Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0883-0355
1873-538X
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijer.2012.04.001
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 53
Start page 269
End page 277
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract Teacher educators across the world face a daunting task: preparing predominantly White, middle class, pre-service teachers to be effective educators of diverse students. With predispositions arguably more powerful socialising influences than pre-service education (Lortie, 1975), selective recruitment has been advocated: ‘picking the right people’ rather than trying to ‘change the wrong ones’ (Haberman, 1991a). This article focuses on changes over time in dispositions towards social justice in two of ‘the right people’. Drawing on Bourdieu, it analyses tensions between the habitus of Australian secondary pre-service teachers and the field of schooling practices. It argues for the arrangement of practicum placements (i) with supervising teachers with recognitive dispositions towards social justice; and (ii) that facilitate engagement with students from diverse backgrounds.
Keyword Social justice
Diversity
Pre-service teachers
Dispositions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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