Using the “Right Poem” to Raise Sociocultural Consciousness

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Abstract: This essay posits performance poetry as an innovative pedagogical tool in teacher education. The expanding racial divide between white teacher candidates and schoolchildren of color calls for new and meaningful ways to inform teacher candidates’ sociocultural understandings of schoolchildren of color. Excerpts from the author's autoethnographic narrative poems are interwoven with the words and wisdom of notables Nikki Giovanni and Gwendolyn Brooks. Reflections on the author's efforts to integrate the right poem reveal success when framed by Urie Brofenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-431
Number of pages11
JournalEducational Forum
Volume78
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

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consciousness
schoolchild
teacher
candidacy
ecological system
system theory
wisdom
poetry
narrative
performance
education

Keywords

  • autoethnographic poetry
  • critical literacy
  • critical race theory
  • neopoetics
  • teacher education

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In: Educational Forum, Vol. 78, No. 4, 01.01.2014, p. 421-431.

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