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Points of Departure

Whiteness in the academy: using vignettes to move beyond safe silences

Pages 879-887 | Received 16 Mar 2016, Accepted 17 May 2017, Published online: 28 Jun 2017


This point of departure presents the writings of a White, female teacher educator’s experiences in the academy. Through the use of vignettes, the author discusses how four recent experiences – and her writing about those experiences – reveal the insidiousness of silence and Whiteness in the academy.

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