The Education and Careers of Black Teachers: Changing Identities, Changing Lives Audrey Osler (Buckingham: Open University Press, 1997). Sheryl Conrad Cozart University of Maryland at College Park The stated purpose of The Education and Careers of Black Teachers is to "make visible the experiences of black and minority teachers in Britain" (p. 1). In so doing, Osler acknowledges the risk of representing the teachers as `other' and attempts to avoid this predicament by using a life history approach. Osler understands the empowerment life histories can provide the researcher as she undertakes the multidimensional lives of the teachers. Rather than making the case for race as a separate issue, Osler draws from the lives of the teachers and explores the operation of racism in their lives as an influence and not a determinant of their life choices. Osler's interest in teachers and racism stems from her own experiences as a black teacher in Britain and subsequent student in multicultural courses. As a teacher in the late 1970s she and other faculty members encountered many racist attitudes and behaviors in their school. In her school and courses many teachers ignored the racism or developed methods of including black children's cultures.
The High School Journal – University of North Carolina Press
Published: May 1, 2001