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Talkin Black Talk: Language, Education, and Social Change

reviewed by Michelle Y. Szpara — June 19, 2007

coverTitle: Talkin Black Talk: Language, Education, and Social Change
Author(s): H. Samy Alim and John Baugh
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747467 , Pages: 192, Year: 2006
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As a teacher-educator and scholar-activist, I am keenly aware of the prejudicial assumptions and misinformation brought to the classroom by some of the pre-service and in-service teachers I work with. The demographics of my students model those throughout the United States – predominantly female, White/European-American, and middle-class. They grew up in highly segregated suburbs (Gross & Harris, 2005), and generally seek to teach in similar contexts. The realities of the job market and the slowly changing demographics of the surrounding neighborhoods mean, however, that they are likely to start their careers teaching in urban school districts or the newly urbanized, segregated, suburban districts. These teachers will work with increasing numbers of students who speak diverse languages other than English, and who may come from low-income or working-class backgrounds (U.S. Census Bureau, 2006). In my teacher education courses, I strive to have my students recognize and accept the linguistic legitimacy of African... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 19, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14525, Date Accessed: 12/12/2018 9:32:51 AM

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  • Michelle Szpara
    Long Island University
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    DR. MICHELLE YVONNE SZPARA is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Long Island University in New York. She teaches Cultural Diversity for Educators, TESOL Methods, and Educational Research Methods, and she supervises student teachers in urban settings. Her research includes prejudice reduction for teachers, linguistic analyses of racial discourse, and identification of sources of differential performance for minorities in testing.
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