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ERIC Number: EJ1119144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher: The Impact of Clinical Experiences in Urban Schools
Olson, Jennifer D.; Rao, Arthi B.
Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, v12 p133-141 2016
This study focuses on elementary and secondary teacher candidates' perspectives of how their clinical experiences influence their preparedness in becoming effective culturally responsive educators. Clinical experiences in urban schools embedded within teacher preparation programs have the potential to develop students' ability to become culturally responsive educators, yet it is unknown how these experiences contribute to teachers' development in enacting culturally responsive pedagogy. Qualitative data was collected through open-ended survey responses and focus groups with teacher candidates in urban focused elementary and secondary teacher education programs at one college of education. Findings indicated that connecting with students' cultures and communities, the school/classroom context, and university-school partnerships and alignment impacted teacher candidates' feelings of preparedness on becoming culturally responsive educators.
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, College School Cooperation, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Urban Schools, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Partnerships in Education, Student Surveys, Sociocultural Patterns
AERA SIG: Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. Tel: 323-343-4393; Web site: http://aera-ultr.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A