Abstract 2- Volume 3, Number 3, Winter 2008

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 3, Number 3, Winter 2008

 

 

Transformative Multiculturalism and the Supervision of Social Studies Student Teachers: A Critical Look at One University Supervisor’s Approach

James M. M. Hartwick
Edric C. Johnson
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Abstract

This collaborative study, conducted by two social studies teacher educators, examines how one university supervisor translates his theoretical commitment to transformative multiculturalism into his practice with student teachers. The value of this study is that it (1) illustrates the subtle nuances and applications of the transformative multicultural approach to social studies; (2) provides concrete examples of how a university supervisor, cooperating teacher, or mentor can coach a novice teacher to incorporate dimensions of transformative multiculturalism into his or her practice; and (3) explores some potential barriers to implementing a transformative multicultural perspective with pre-service and novice teachers through an honest reflection of where the university supervisor has fallen short of his professed commitment to transformative multiculturalism.

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About the Author(s)…

James M. M. Hartwick is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and won the 2006 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Religion and Education SIG of AERA. He has worked as a high school social studies teacher and as an Outward Bound instructor. His research interests include social studies and teacher education, multiculturalism, service-learning, and spiritual and religious issues in education.

Edric C. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University-Columbus and his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher. His research interests include social studies and teacher education, multiculturalism, qualitative inquiry, and drama in education.

Primary contact mailing address: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 800 W. Main Street, 3051 WH, Whitewater, WI 53190; phone: (262) 472-5815; email: hartwicj@uww.edu.