ERIC Number: ED395899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Student Teachers to "Cross" the Cross Island Parkway.
Murphy, Maureen; Singer, Alan
The Cross Island Parkway divides the New York City borough of Queens from suburban Nassau County. Surveillance patrols in several Nassau communities observe families who are suspected of living in Queens and illegally registering their children in Nassau schools. This report describes a preservice, urban teaching program at Hofstra University, a private university in Nassau County whose students are largely products of white, middle-class, suburban, racially and ethnically segregated schools and school districts. Journal excerpts from secondary education student teachers during their teaching experience in urban settings and some results from a survey of former students who either student taught or were currently teaching in urban settings are presented. There were two main findings from the survey: Student teachers and teachers who made a conscious choice to work in urban communities made this choice because they had a sense of mission that directed and sustained them; their reasons ranged from personal to religious to political. Second, they were able to draw on personal experiences that made it possible for them to identify with other people who had been stereotyped by society or who experienced social rejection. Excepts from three student journals are presented to illustrate survey results. The key to the case illustrations is the way these student teachers learned about themselves during their student teaching experience. They were able to connect experiences in their own lives with the experiences of their students; they saw themselves learning from their students; they received a sense of fulfillment both from teaching and from the relationships they developed. They saw themselves engaged with their students in a struggle against social and educational injustice. (NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hofstra University NY
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, IL, February 23, 1996).