Myles Bittner

Much of my educational outlook is shaped by my time as an early childhood educator, both in New York City and my hometown in Wyoming. I’ve learned so much from sitting down with children and just listening to them. While teaching in NYC I also received my M.A. in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Anthropology (more specifically ethnography) has always been at the root of my approach to educational research. I believe the only way to really understand a situation is to be fully immersed in the context and work hand-in-hand with others to create systemic change.


Currently, I am interested in the ways ideologies of power traverse through communicative interactions between teachers and students. My past experience with a teacher-training program in Kathmandu, Nepal has allowed me to reflect on international programs that prepare teachers for linguistically challenging classrooms. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue my research agenda at UMass. Having a collaborative space like CIE will be important for my success. [11-19]




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