London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Becoming a teacher in a global city: superdiversity and workplace constraints’

Author(s) Benson, A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
This paper will discuss diversity training for trainee teachers on a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at a University in London where superdiversity (Vertovec, 2006) is a feature of the ‘convivial multiculturalism’ (Gilroy, 2004) reflected in the shops and restaurants around the University and in the diversity of both the University student population and the group of trainee mathematics teachers who are the focus of this article. After a discussion of initial diversity training for all trainee teachers it considers a diversity training session in which three mathematics trainees describe their own experiences as part of school based training. The analysis draws on critical race theory, in particular Rollock’s (2012) description of rules of engagement and microagressions, to challenge the idea of convivial multiculturalism in the school workplace. It focuses upon both the experience of the three presenters and the different positions taken by different participants in the ensuing discussion amongst the whole group. The names of all participants in the research have been changed. Keywords: superdiversity, recognition, whiteness, microaggressions

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