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ERIC Number: ED530976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 209
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-0323-4
Negotiating an Identity, Learning a School Culture: The Influence of a School Community's Expectations on the Development of a Native-Speaking Spanish Teacher in a US Public Middle School
Jacobson, Anna T.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University
This study is an ethnographic account of the brief career of an Argentine former engineer without pedagogical experience who was hired as a middle school Spanish teacher in a small, conservative community in the northeastern United States. The focus of the case study is on how his attempts to become a teacher on the job both affected his own developing pedagogical knowledge and impacted the community in which he taught, highlighting how he negotiated his identity as a teacher against the backdrop of a school community's perception of what constituted a "highly qualified teacher". The result is a case study not only of an international educator's efforts to make sense of a small homogeneous town's values and expectations in the years immediately before the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, but also of how the foreign language program valued him, revealing a perspective missing from current models of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). The study concludes with the recommendation that PCK models be expanded to acknowledge the need for sociocultural awareness, encouraging the recognition of the culture of the community in which the teacher works. It also confirms that the myth of the native speaker teacher disenfranchises both teachers and those who believe in the myth. [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: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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