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ERIC Number: ED407455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Preparing White Teachers for Urban Schools: A Compendium of Research.
Rothenberg, Julia Johnson; And Others
The perceptions of novice and expert teachers in urban schools about their preparation through teacher education were studied. It is generally recognized that middle-class white teachers are strangers to urban cultures, and that they often believe the mass media's negative images about low- income African American and Latino communities. Thirty-five novice teachers and 15 experienced teachers were studied over a 2-year period. Novice teachers completed the questionnaire before and after student teaching, and their supervisory teachers completed identical questionnaires at the end of student teaching. Results show that teachers, whether experienced or novices, do not think about culturally responsive pedagogy or reflect on the interaction between culture and teaching. The initial concerns of novice teachers reflected their uneasiness with the urban environment and their students. By the end of student teaching, novice teachers were able to see their students as individuals and to monitor their learning. Student teachers identified enthusiasm and love for children as the most important concept they learned from their course on-site at an elementary school. A literacy study using the children's story "Amazing Grace" by M. Hoffman showed the way in which the text facilitated the discussion of diversity for experienced and novice teachers. Overall, results demonstrate the great degree to which supervision, attitude change, and insight are required in addition to teaching skills for the development of good teachers. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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