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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Probing the Impact of Social Reproduction on Pre-Service Minority and Aboriginal Teachers

John E. Lundy, Dr Alan Sparkes, Denis Lawrence.

This paper follows up a ten year longitudinal survey of teacher education registrants in one Canadian faculty of education. In investigating equity of access for Aboriginals and visible minorities the researchers discovered a consistent pattern of over 51.3% of registrant respondents with one ormore teachers in the family.
Our family members included brother, sister, spouse, aunt, uncle, mother or father. We correlated the parental schooling (social class) of our registrants with teachers in the family. When the correlation value of teachers in the family was computed for the whole registrant group there was a moderately strong relationship (r = .413). However, the correlation value was significantly higher between having teachers in the family and their social class for visible minorities (r = 432) and for Aboriginal registrants (r = .534). Among non-Aboriginals there was a moderately strong correlation (r=.408) between having teachers in the family and the level of parental schooling. In order to probe further the importance of this intervening variable of teachers in family we determined the need for a qualitative study.
In order to capture these dynamics for Aboriginal and visible minority candidates this follow-up work will use a stratified sample chosen from a cohort group of approximately 700 teacher education registrants. Using semi-structured interviews of a small cohort (N = 40) of teacher candidates, we will investigate the social reproduction thesis in relation to the presence or absence of teachers in the registrant's wider family background and perceived influences in entering teacher educatio


John E. Lundy  (Canada)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Education
Nipissing University

John E. Lundy is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, at Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in education and was a secondary school teacher for 17 years prior to joining Nipissing University. His research interests include equity in access to teacher education as well as the critical use of Statistics Canada computer programs in teacher education.

Dr Alan Sparkes  (Canada)

Nipissing University

Denis Lawrence  (Canada)

Nipissing University

  • Access to Teacher Education
  • Minority teacher Applicants
  • Aboriginal Teacher Applicants
  • Social Reproduction

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)