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ERIC Number: ED553692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 315
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3030-9935-9
Culturally Relevant Beliefs and Experiences of Successful Non-Minority Teachers Recruited from the Midwest to Teach in a Highly Diverse Urban School District in Southeast Texas
Smith, Valorie Hampton
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University - Beaumont
Teachers and their students increasingly come from different cultural backgrounds (Black, 2006). Aronson (2004) noted that 86% of the teaching populations in public schools were Caucasian and female and failing to connect with students was often cited in schools where the student populations were predominantly African American. Howard (2006) argued that educators cannot ignore the differences in life experiences, attitudes, and expectations that teachers bring to their classrooms every day. A qualitative phenomenological study using narrative inquiry was conducted to investigate the cultural relevant beliefs and experiences of non-minority teachers recruited from the Midwest to teach in a highly diverse urban school district located in Southeast Texas. Findings indicate that culturally responsive teachers strive to create caring classroom environments that are both respectful and inclusive of all students, involve students in authentic learning experiences that have personal meaning for them, set high expectations for all students, and value and respect the parents and communities from which these students come. Challenges were colorblind ideologies, culture shock, language barriers, parent communication, behavioral problems, ineffective teacher preparation programs, and lack of district staff development. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas