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ERIC Number: EJ1013995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8204
Urban Fiction and Multicultural Literature as Transformative Tools for Preparing English Teachers for Diverse Classrooms
Haddix, Marcelle; Price-Dennis, Detra
English Education, v45 n3 p247-283 Apr 2013
Discussions of urban fiction and multicultural literature hold great potential for transforming the practice of beginning English teachers in diverse school settings. In this article, the authors, both teacher educators of color, present two case studies of preparing middle- and secondary-level English educators from a diversities perspective. Given continued conversations in the field of English education on how to best prepare new teachers for working effectively with diverse student populations, the authors present situated representations of how teachers' critical encounters with literature can shape their learning to teach processes from the university classroom to their field experiences. Both case studies presented have a particular interest in the critical theoretical and pedagogical insights developed by preservice teachers through their discussions of children's and adolescent literature that deals with diverse, urban, and multicultural perspectives. In doing so, these case studies reposition urban fiction and multicultural literature as transformative tools for teacher education curriculum. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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