There is an urgent need to address racial inequity in higher education. As teaching in higher education continues to adopt technology, virtual learning spaces become sites for enacting anti-oppressive teaching methods. In the context of offering teaching with technology professional development, the current study sought to better understand equity-focused professional development needs through the lens of antiracist teaching self-efficacy. In this holistic single case study, investigators analyzed secondary data from an anonymous racial equity needs analysis survey and de-identified focus group notes. Descriptive statistics and qualitative analysis examined perceived confidence level, barriers, and needs related to implementation of antiracist teaching methods in higher education courses in a Midwestern public university with 15,000 students. Key findings include: (1) There were approximately the same number of items coded for negative (N=24) and positive (N=25) sources of teaching self-efficacy, with positive sources of efficacy cross-coded with themes such as culturally responsive teaching, collaboration, and antiracist teaching and negative sources of efficacy cross-coded with non-racist teaching methods among other codes. (2) Barriers to implementing antiracist teaching included organizational factors (such as time, competing priorities, and perceived barriers to measuring/accessing course equity data), professional development design/facilitation (such as lack of modeling methods, practice and feedback, and ongoing support), and perceptions/beliefs (including mismatch of expressed beliefs and antiracist teaching praxis, among others). (3) Professional development needs include addressing identified barriers and differentiation/customization of professional learning. This case study investigation is not generalizable to other contexts or audiences but may be a useful model for similar research in other contexts. As technology did not emerge as a theme in this data, future research in this area should explore the role of technology in enacting antiracist teaching methods.
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Harsma, E., Beschorner, B., & Schultz, J. (2023, June 13). Antiracist teaching self-efficacy: A case study needs analysis. Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/reports/2/
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