Teaching for Change: Teacher Candidates’ Anti-Oppression Elementary School Lesson Plans

  • Christine L. Cho Schulich School of Education
  • Shannon Tersigni

Abstract

This paper explores pre-service elementary teacher candidates’ written reflections on an assignment for a mandatory Bachelor of Education course in Ontario, Canada. The assignment required the teacher candidates (TCs) to create and teach one 40-minute anti-oppression lesson (racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.) in a public elementary school with students in senior kindergarten to grade 6. Two key themes are discussed in the paper: first, the ways in which TCs found convenient excuses as to why they were unable to fully engage with a topic; and, second, the fears identified by the TCs in terms of teaching sensitive issues.

Published
2014-07-02
How to Cite
CHO, Christine L.; TERSIGNI, Shannon. Teaching for Change: Teacher Candidates’ Anti-Oppression Elementary School Lesson Plans. LEARNing Landscapes, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 2, p. 83-100, july 2014. ISSN 1913-5688. Available at: <http://www.learninglandscapes.ca/index.php/learnland/article/view/Teaching-for-Change-Teacher-Candidates%E2%80%99-Anti-Oppression-Elementary-School-Lesson-Plans>. Date accessed: 18 jan. 2018.