A Digital Ethnography of Teach For America: Analysis of Counternarrative From the Truth For America Podcast

Julian Vasquez Heilig, T. Jameson Brewer, Amber K. Kim, Miguel Sanchez

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Abstract

To analyze the counternarrative in the public discourse surrounding Teach For America (TFA), this paper represents the first digital ethnography in education policy. We conduct a qualitative analysis of Truth For America, an education policy podcast. We found four overarching themes that arose from conversations with respondents: (1) problematic practice, preparation, and pedagogy; (2) concerns linked to critiquing TFA and the organization’s responses to that critique; (3) issues related to race and diversity; and (4) disconcerting funding practices and political power. We conclude by discussing the implications of how individual-level stakeholder experiences inform the public discourse about TFA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-639
Number of pages30
JournalUrban Education
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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Keywords

  • Teach For America
  • counternarrative
  • digital ethnography
  • education policy
  • education reform
  • philanthropy
  • privatization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Urban Studies

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