International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1554-5210

Volume 6 Issue 2 (June 2010)

Issue Information

Issue Information

pp. i - vi



Original articles

Counter-storytelling through service-learning: Future teachers of immigrant students in Texas and California re-tell the “Self” and the   “Other”

Denise Blum, & María Teresa de la Piedra

pp. 6 - 0


This article examines the use of Critical Race Pedagogy in two service-learning initiatives that prepare pre-service teachers for working with an increasing immigrant student population in California and Texas. It is not uncommon for teachers to participate in the “Othering” dominant discourse that tends to see those who are of a lower socioeconomic class, immigrant status, or non-English speaking as deficient (Valencia 1999). As professors, we identified the need to use counter-storytelling, a method of Critical Race Pedagogy (Solorzano & Yosso, 2005) to facilitate transformative practices that help pre-service teachers revise their prejudiced assumptions about their future immigrant and ELL students. A transdisciplinary curriculum, coupled with a service-learning context, played a prominent role in implementing counter-storytelling. In this article we present data from the pre-service teachers’ service-learning, in-class group discussions, assignments and evaluations related to their fieldwork, and our fieldnotes during   participant-observation.

Keywords: Critical Race Pedagogy, Teacher Education, Service-learning

A Qualitative Investigation of Adult Imprudent   Behaviour

Ayse Aypay

pp. 27 - 47


Imprudent behavior, indolence, dilatoriness, being unable to predict the result of behavior, perceiving probable harm far less than its magnitude based upon cognitive distortion, and suchlike are some reasons that lead individuals to indulge in risky behaviors without taking precautionary measures and to look for simple and easy solutions which do not require a radical change in habitual behaviors.   The goal of     this study is to evaluate adults’ tendency to behave prudently/imprudently, their awareness of their behavioral tendency, their observations and ideas of social and environmental responses to their behavioral tendencies, and  to  explore  the  reasons why they behave prudently/imprudently. Data were collected through in-depth interviews in late spring 2006. The results were analyzed using a descriptive methodology. The sample of the study consisted of 25 individuals including doctors, nurses, teachers and firemen. Findings indicate  that imprudent  behavior is  the  result  of a cultural aspect in Turkish society; some variables of which may cause adult imprudent behavior.

Keywords: Imprudent behavior, behavioral tendency

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