ERIC Number: ED394913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-22
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in Preservice Teacher Attitudes Concerning Urban Teaching: A Case Study.
Banks, Dennis N.; Stave, Anna M.
This study used a naturalistic, qualitative design to investigate 12 preservice teachers' views toward urban education during a two-week experience in an urban high school. In-depth case studies to two of the subjects were constructed using data sources consisting of essays and interviews (pre- and post-experience), student journals, and researchers' observation notes. The two students were a non-traditional returning female student from a rural area, and a single urban male. The female participant's pre-experience data focused on security, plant deterioration, and student needs. Her post-experience remarks appeared to confirm her pre-experience perceptions with some shifts. Issues of security, fear and safety were replaced with discussions of academics, socialization, and comfort, and she began to see the urban school as similar to all schools. The male student's pre-experience responses focused on external neighborhood security issues, support and development of teaching staff, and student needs. His post-experience perspective showed shifts in experience, awareness, feelings, and decisions moving from cynicism to optimism, from a passive to an active view of the role of the teacher, and from a stereotyped image of urban schools as largely uniracial to a view of them as a blend of races and cultures. (Contains 13 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (48th, Chicago, IL, February 21-24, 1996).