ERIC Number: ED397007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Peace Corps Fellows in Their Urban Classrooms: The Struggle To Build a Learning Community.
This study focuses on a beginning secondary science teacher and his efforts to establish a learning community in a large metropolitan school district. During the study, the teacher was enrolled in an alternative teacher-certification program for returned Peace Corps volunteers. After teaching full-time during the day, participants attend university classes at night to earn certification and a masters degree in education. Data collected included 20 interviews, 5 focus group sessions, over 60 classroom observations, portfolios, and journal entries over the course of five and a half semesters. Findings are presented in the form of narrative vignettes and dialogues, and suggest that the authoritarian teaching methods taught and practiced overseas through the Peace Corps hindered the teacher until he developed his own, more collaborative teaching style. Other barriers to the teacher's efforts to establish a participatory instructional community are discussed, including bureaucratic demands, loss of instructional time for numerous reasons, and student absenteeism. (Contains 17 references.) (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Peace Corps
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).