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Needles in a Haystack: An Exploratory Study of Black Male Teachers in England

Callender, CC; (2018) Needles in a Haystack: An Exploratory Study of Black Male Teachers in England. Management in Education , 32 (4) pp. 167-175. 10.1177/0892020618791656. Green open access

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Abstract

This article draws on a study of black male teachers who teach in primary schools, and aims to contribute to studies of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) teachers. Interviews with 10 participants examine the nexus of professional and social identities and how these are (re)constructed in or by schools. The teachers’ agentic actions provide insight into the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and class, and point to the ways that social and professional identities are in a constant state of (re)formation as black male teachers traverse (and tiptoe) within and between social and professional contexts. Critical race theory (CRT) and intersectionality explore teachers’ racialized experiences and perceptions of black male primary school teachers. Findings suggest that black male teachers’ agentic actions support them in (re)constructing their professional roles and in the negotiation of their identities in primary schools.

Type: Article
Title: Needles in a Haystack: An Exploratory Study of Black Male Teachers in England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0892020618791656
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0892020618791656
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Agency, BAME, black teachers, critical race theory, intersectionality, male teachers
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057103
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