ERIC Number: ED419027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
The Best Teachers in Low Income, Urban Schools: How Do They Maintain Their Enthusiasm and Excellence?
McDermott, Peter; Rothenberg, Julia; Gormley, Kathleen
The thoughts of 25 highly experienced and exemplary urban teachers from low-income schools about teaching were studied. A survey method was used to examine how they maintained their enthusiasm and excellence in teaching, the effects of the low-income school and community on their instruction, and the skills and attitudes they recommended for new urban teachers. Results indicated that teachers' personal qualities, such as their sense of efficacy with children, their pride at being teachers, and their care for children, are more meaningful to them than their professional memberships and activities. Contrary to expectations, these teachers were not political in their thoughts about education, and they did not display qualities normally associated with the cultural responsiveness that has been so important in recent literature. The results of the study are discussed as to whether the data source is representative of other exemplary urban teachers. Teachers' sensitivity to the political and cultural dimensions of teaching may be partly influenced by the size of the city in which they teach. (Contains 2 tables and 12 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Ethnography in Education Forum (Philadelphia, PA, March 5-7, 1998).