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Antero Garcia

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Antero Godina Garcia

Associate Professor

Assistant: Emily Farrell

Office: CERAS 427


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

Associate 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. (2023). Other suns: Designing for racial equity through speculative education. JOURNAL OF THE LEARNING SCIENCES.

Trepper, K., Boardman, A., & Garcia, A. (2022). Shifting pedagogy, shifting practice: teachers' perceptions of project-based learning in English language arts. ENGLISH TEACHING-PRACTICE AND CRITIQUE.

Gargroetzi, E. C., & Garcia, A. (2022). "I Don't Think Kids Nowadays Feel Like They Have a Lot of Power": Exploring Teacher Civic Commitments in a National Online Letter Writing Project. JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION.

Antero Garcia in the News & Media

In an op-ed, Associate Professor Antero Garcia urges teachers and students to change the way they talk about the treatment of immigrants in the United States.
October 2, 2022
An op-ed coauthored by Associate Professor Antero Garcia calls for making edtech companies answerable to the public schools that use them.
May 8, 2022
In an op-ed, Assistant Professor Antero Garcia lays out three principles for reconstructing American civic education.
January 19, 2021
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September 28, 2020
Assistant Professor Antero Garcia reflects on approaches to teaching about this moment a decade from now.
September 24, 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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