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ERIC Number: ED523663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 153
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-1383-9
Student Perceptions of Teacher Pedagogical Practices in the Elementary Classroom
Sullivan, Veronica A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
In California, the teaching force is predominately middle-class, White and female. With the student populations being essentially minority, there are issues with cultural congruency, specifically with African American students. Very often, the teacher's cultural background differs from the students that s/he teaches. As a result, there is dissonance between the pedagogical practices of classroom teachers and the learning style of students. This research investigates the pedagogical practices of a fourth grade teacher positioned in an independent (private) African American school in the heart of Los Angeles. In addition to researching the pedagogical practices of a fourth grade teacher, how students perceive their learning in the classroom will also be evaluated. The results of this study indicate that (1) discipline is a factor in the learning process, (2) students appreciated the warm demander form of discipline, (3) culturally relevant pedagogy is an effective teaching practice, (4) there is a greater need for pre-service teacher preparation in the area of culture and multicultural education, and (5) there is value in listening to students' voices in the classroom. [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: Elementary Education; Grade 4
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California