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"You Ain't Gotta Lie to Kick It": Exploring Teacher Identity in Hip-Hop Education

Mon, April 11, 11:45am to 1:15pm, Marriott Marquis, Floor: Level Three, Chinatown

Session Type: Symposium


Educators often ask how teachers who are white, non-urban, or lacking in hip-hop knowledge can authentically teach hip-hop in schools. The simple response is that anyone with the willingness to learn, research, and experiment can teach hip-hop, regardless of background. However, teaching methods in the hip-hop classroom are deeply influenced by teacher identity. Because hip-hop as a genre is inherently raced, classed, and gendered, a teacher’s race, class, and gender will inevitably impact the learning that takes place in hip-hop classrooms. As hip-hop continues to grow as a field of research and pedagogy, it is imperative that we explore the role of teacher identity in hip-hop education.

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