Lampert, J., Lampert, J., Burnett, B. & Lebhers, S. (2016). 'More like the kids than the other teachers': one working-class pre-service teacher's experiences in a middle-class profession. Teaching and Teacher Education,58 35-42. United Kingdom: Pergamon Press Ltd.. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2016.04.006
While teaching is largely a White, middle-class profession, some teachers, including White teachers, come from low socio-economic backgrounds. This paper examines how one working-class pre-service teacher in Australia experiences studying in a predominantly middle-class teacher-education program. Drawing on the work of Bourdieu, this paper seeks to explore what we can learn from the reflections of a female pre-service teacher who is a member of this much smaller group of working-class teachers and who brings to her teaching the habitus and life history that aligns with many of her students and the low socio-economic communities in which she teaches.
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