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Reading Beyond the Book: Examining a Critical Social Educator’s Race & Equity Read Aloud in an Early Childhood Classroom

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  • Cassie J Brownell (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education-University of Toronto (OISE))
  • Anam Rashid (University of Toronto Scarborough)

Abstract

In this paper, the authors specifically consider what it means to engage as a critical white social educator of young, racially diverse children. They document how one third-grade teacher–Ms. Honey, a thirty-something white woman–used diverse books as a springboard to cultivate a more critical curriculum. The authors demonstrate how, as the focal teacher centered on pressing and historical social issues–including systemic racism –in her curriculum, classroom, and community, she also re-learned (hi)stories herself. In the findings, the authors demonstrate how Ms. Honey carefully led children through a read-aloud within an integrated social studies and literacy unit. The authors frame Ms. Honey’s actions as a critical social educator and, in doing so, they highlight the messy, seemingly imperfect work required to engage as a critical social educator.

Keywords: early childhood education, social studies, elementary education, critical literacy, qualitative research

How to Cite:

Brownell, C. J. & Rashid, A., (2021) “Reading Beyond the Book: Examining a Critical Social Educator’s Race & Equity Read Aloud in an Early Childhood Classroom”, The Critical Social Educator 1(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/tcse.11530

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Published on
14 Apr 2021
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