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Abstract: This article analyzes four White educators' engagement in professional development focused on critical theory and critical pedagogy. Analysis of participants' engagement in the ongoing process of cultivating a critical consciousness, through the lens of Whiteness studies, revealed moments of consciousness collapse in which participants interrogated and simultaneously perpetuated White ... read moreracial ideologies. These contradictory moments illustrate the distorting effects of participants' White racial subjectivities due to their (mis)education within Whiteness. Analysis revealed dimensions of critical humility, dispositions that support the ongoing process of cultivating a critical consciousness and the identification and interrogation of moments of consciousness collapse. Dimensions of critical humility include: 1) awareness of the inherent partiality of critical consciousness due to the distorting influence of White racial subjectivities; 2) dedication to the ongoing process of cultivating a critical consciousness rather than linear success; and 3) contextualizing productive discomfort that is essential to the process of developing a critical consciousness.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Education.
Advisor: Sabina Vaught.
Committee: Brian Gravel, and Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde.
Keyword: Education.read less