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ERIC Number: EJ1001532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Flowers, Fruits, & Fingers: Preservice Teachers Write about Difficult Topics for a Child Audience
Williams, Brian; May, Laura A.; Williams, Rhina Fernandes
Multicultural Education, v19 n3 p27-33 Spr 2012
The authors of this article work in a university-based teacher preparation program designed to prepare teachers to serve in urban, historically underserved schools. Entrance to the program is competitive. Preservice teachers are selected, in part, for their rich life experiences and interest in working in high-needs schools. Even with this high-quality, diverse pool of preservice teachers, however, the authors persistently nudge their students to become more ideologically aware and push back against deficit perspectives on urban schools and communities. This article reports on an analysis of an initial assignment in this teacher preparation program which is oriented towards preparing culturally relevant pre-service teachers for urban settings. Using constant comparative methods, the authors examined children's books written by the preservice teachers about an issue related to pluralism, activism, and/or social justice. Practical implications for teacher educators are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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