ERIC Number: ED411226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
From Student to Teacher to Student: Cultural Awareness and Classroom Practice.
Koerner, Mari E.; Hulsebosch, Patricia
This study followed six "culturally aware" teachers through student teaching and their first three years of teaching. It looks at how their life experiences or life stories affect classroom practices. Using collaborative methodology, the findings suggest the role of "gate opener" which represents the common as well as the diverse ways all the participants see themselves. All the teachers, including the researchers/teacher educators, can be seen as keeping watch at the "gates" of schooling and educational opportunities (in the traditional sense). As "gate openers" they look for ways to let students into success in school and access to middle class. They also see the need to change the perceived norm for acceptance. This has particular significance for teacher educators reminding them of the opportunities to be informed by their students who have alternative perspectives. It points to the need to make room for culturally aware students perspectives in university classrooms and to take seriously the responsibility to work toward equity in universities as well as elementary and high school classrooms. (Contains 43 references.) (Author/ND)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Feminist Criticism, Higher Education, Student Attitudes, Student Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators, Teacher Influence, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).