Constructing the Shield of Difference: Multiculturalism, Teaching, and Citizenship

Dr. Nikola Hobbel
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Riots in Paris signal differentiated meanings of French citizenship. Kanye West proclaims, “President Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” German schools initiate “German-only” language curricula. Struggles around race, culture and personhood are global, and schools of education are responding by promoting multiculturalism. In this paper, I discuss my investigation of a specific program of teacher education. Drawing on poststructural theory, I outline how policy, curricula, and social contexts construct the good teacher for these times.

Keywords: Multiculturalism, Inclusion, Education, Cultural Politics
Stream: Sociology and Geography, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities, Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Constructing the Shield of Difference

Dr. Nikola Hobbel

Assistant Professor of English Education, English Department, Humboldt State University
Arcata, California, USA

Nikola Hobbel researches the intersections of educational policy, multiculturalism, and curriculum. Her work includes analyses of the standards movement in the United States, as well as the cultural construction of the new "good teacher" in globalized contexts. She is currently Assistant Professor of English Education at Humboldt State University on the north coast of California. There, she is co-director of the Redwood Writing Project, a grassroots professional development organization for teachers at all levels.

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