ERIC Number: ED479795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
The Measurement of Teachers' Beliefs as Cultural Context for Successful Learning of African American Children.
Teachers' beliefs related to teaching practices, knowledge, and social relations in and beyond the classroom were studied in urban schools serving African American children primarily. Two hundred forty-four teachers from six schools completed surveys about their beliefs. Of these teachers, 94% taught grades kindergarten through five, and 10% taught grades six through eight. Five factors emerged from the survey. Factor 1, "culturally congruent," contains 14 items that described beliefs regarding the importance of cultural and racial identity of the students in guiding the curriculum. Factor 2, "professional commitment," consisted of four items describing teachers' professional commitment to urban education. Factor 3, "self-determined," described teachers' self-directed, rather than student-directed, planning, and factor 4, "failure to connect," described the inability to connect with students. Factor 5, "poor learner support," described teachers' strategies for helping low achieving students. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).