ERIC Number: EJ1019063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Visionaries, Reformers, Saviors, and Opportunists: Visions and Metaphors for Teaching in the Urban Schools
Castro, Antonio J.
Education and Urban Society, v46 n1 p135-160 Jan 2014
This qualitative study investigated the visions and metaphors for teaching held by teacher candidates enrolled in an urban-based alternative certification program. While late-entry teacher recruits are considered to have high motivations for urban school teaching, few studies explore the nature of these motivations. Findings from this study uncovered four orientations concerning teaching in urban schools: visionaries, reformers, saviors, and opportunists. While visionaries and reformers appear to be a stronger fit for urban contexts, saviors and opportunists expressed deficit views of students or cared little about building relationships with urban youth. Implications for supporting new urban teachers are discussed.
Descriptors: Urban Teaching, Urban Schools, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Motivation, Preservice Teachers, Focus Groups, Interviews, Figurative Language, Language Usage, Student Attitudes, Qualitative Research
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