“The problem is bigger than us”: Grappling with educational inequity in TeachFirst New Zealand
TATE Volume 68, Number 1, ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This article utilizes phenomenological research approaches to trace the experiences of participants within TeachFirst New Zealand (TFNZ), a member of the global network, Teach for All, as they grapple with their role in addressing educational inequality on a national scale. Specifically, I argue that TFNZ participants struggled within and against “thin equity” (Cochran-Smith et al., 2016) explanations of persistent inequality by focusing on how they (1) understand their role as individual teachers working in an educational system marked by a history of colonization and systemic racism, and (2) grapple with the ability of an individual teacher to effect lasting change.
Crawford-Garrett, K. (2017). “The problem is bigger than us”: Grappling with educational inequity in TeachFirst New Zealand. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 68(1), 91-98. Elsevier Ltd.