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Antero Garcia

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Antero Godina Garcia

Assistant Professor

Assistant: Rachel Kelly


Antero studies how technology and gaming shape youth learning, literacy practices, and civic identities. Prior to completing his Ph.D., Antero was an English teacher at a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. His two most recent research studies explore learning and literacies in tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons and how participatory culture shifts classroom relationships and instruction. Based on his research, Antero co-designed the Critical Design and Gaming School--a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. Antero’s research has appeared in numerous journals including The Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Teaching and Teacher Education. His most recent book--Good Reception: Teens, Teachers, and Mobile Media in a Los Angeles High School—is an ethnographic look at technology and gaming in an urban high school. Some of his other books explore critical research methodologies (Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students--with Nicole Mirra and Ernest Morrell), techniques for shifting English language arts pedagogy (Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction with Cindy O'Donnell-Allen), and changes in the consumption of young adult literature (Critical Foundations in Young Adult Literature: Challenging Genres). Antero received his Ph.D. in the Urban Schooling division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Other Titles

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

CTE: Literacy, Language, and English Education
CTE: Teacher Education
Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD)
Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)

Research Interests

Civic Education | Literacy and Language | Secondary Education | Teachers and Teaching | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

Garcia, A., & Mirra, N. (2020). Writing Toward Justice: Youth Speculative Civic Literacies in Online Policy Discourse. URBAN EDUCATION.

Garcia, A., Kelly, M. R., & Stamatis, K. (2020). When technology goes unnoticed: teacher beliefs and assumptions about technology use in three 9th grade English classrooms. PEDAGOGIES.

Zummo, L., Gargroetzi, E., & Garcia, A. (2020). Youth voice on climate change: using factor analysis to understand the intersection of science, politics, and emotion. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH.

Antero Garcia in the News & Media

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September 28, 2020
As school districts and county offices of education make plans for safely reopening schools, it is urgent that they also recognize and make space for teachers to process and heal, writes Assistant Professor Antero Garcia.
June 17, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic lays bare two major weaknesses in traditional approaches to teaching civics and history — what students are expected to learn and how we measure that learning, writes Assistant Professor Antero Garcia.
May 6, 2020
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