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ERIC Number: ED518724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 485
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-2407-7
"This Is Who I Am, and This Is the Work I Do": Cooperating Teachers, Student Teachers, and the Case for Culturally Relevant Mentorship
Whiting, Carl Anthony
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
How do cooperating teachers who engage in culturally relevant pedagogy approach the mentoring process, and how do their student-teachers respond to this mentorship? This study focuses on three such public school cooperating teachers, and explores the ways in which they train student teachers in their classrooms. A narrative describing each of these relationships was constructed from data gathered through cooperating teacher and student teacher interviews, supported by extended ethnographic observation of each classroom. Each of the student teachers interviewed characterized the mentorship they received in these placements in highly positive terms. An analysis of the data suggests that these cooperating teachers' practices included the utilization of a "culturally relevant counter-narrative" in their teaching. In addition, the data revealed five commonalities in mentoring approach which are presented as aspects of "culturally relevant mentorship". Implications for improving preservice training are discussed, along with recommendations for future research. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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