Multilingualism Research Forum/ Flerspråklighetsforum: Modeling the Tenets of Critical Pedagogy for Future Teachers Working in Multilingual and Multicultural Environments

Dr. Aimée Myers (Assistant Professor, Texas Woman's University), Dr. Jorge F. Figueroa (Associate Professor, Texas Woman's University), and Dr. Barbara Muszyńska (Fulbright Scholar, Texas Woman's University) will discuss modeling the tenets of critical pedagogy for future teachers who will be working in diverse, multilingual learning environments.

Abstract

This study sought to determine if Education Preparation Programs (EPPs) in North Texas, Poland and Spain devote their curriculum to principles of critical pedagogy. It was guided by a critical pedagogy framework developed by Giroux (2020). This framework was used to analyze the EPPs required courses’ syllabi. In this presentation, we examine how EPPs support preservice teachers in learning aspects of critical pedagogy while preparing them to work in a multilingual and multicultural educational environment. We’re also going to make implications for further use of the framework to assess EPP curriculum, guide program revisions, and encourage discourse among EPPs on how to best serve students.

Biography

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Aimée Myers

Aimée Myers, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Myers teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Teacher Education. She also teaches courses affiliated with the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages. Her teaching specializations include diversity, equity, and inclusion. In her research, Dr. Myers focuses on culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies. She works to utilize social constructivist approaches with marginalized and underserved populations. Her current research project focuses on supporting critical literacy with refugee and immigrant secondary students. For further details about her research and publications please see her staff page.

Jorge F. Figueroa

Jorge F. Figueroa, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Research, Inclusion, and Innovation for the College of Professional Education (COPE) at Texas Woman's University (TWU). He is an Associate Professor of Bilingual and ESL Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Affiliate Faculty to the Department of Literacy and Learning. With over 20 years of experience in higher education, he had trained pre-service and in-service teachers in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. His research  focuses on the intersection between emergent technologies and emergent bilinguals with emphasis on extended realities (XR), gamification and game based learning, second language acquisition, culturally responsive/sustaining teaching, and critical pedagogies. For further details about his research and publications please see his staff page.

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Barbara Muszyńska

Barbara Muszyńska, Ph.D., works as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Applied Studies of the University of Lower Silesia in Wrocław, Poland. From the start of Dr. Muszynska’s academic career, her research focuses on bilingual and multilingual education. She sees multilingual and inclusive education as issues of paramount importance in today's world and believes that education and curricula should provide opportunities to include otherness and conflicting voices, thus creating conditions for critical reflection. Her research is interdisciplinary, it combines educational linguistics and pedagogy. In 2020, Dr. Muszyńska received a prestigious award from the Ministry of Education in Poland for significant achievements in teaching and pedagogical approaches to education, and in 2021, the Fulbright Commission nominated Dr. Muszyńska for a Fulbright Senior Award, a 5-month research scholarship at Texas Woman's University in the USA.

Published Feb. 13, 2022 5:48 PM - Last modified Feb. 17, 2022 11:49 AM