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ERIC Number: EJ1019850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4871
Unpacking the "Urban" in Urban Teacher Education: Making a Case for Context-Specific Preparation
Matsko, Kavita Kapadia; Hammerness, Karen
Journal of Teacher Education, v65 n2 p128-144 Mar-Apr 2014
The literature on preparing teachers for urban schools provides a rationale for helping candidates understand the particular cultures of students. However, research has not sufficiently "unpacked" features of the setting that programs can address; nor has it discussed how programs tailor teaching approaches to their specific contexts. Drawing from program descriptions, syllabi, and interviews, we describe the "context-specific" approach of the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program that prepares teachers for Chicago Public Schools and ways that it helps candidates make meaning of that setting. We present a framework to show how the program defines and then teaches as content essential knowledge about a district and its children--including community and neighborhood histories, district curricula, and policies--that must inform teaching and learning. We include examples of context-specific teacher preparation that illustrate how candidates learn about particularities of Chicago Public Schools and apply this knowledge to develop context-specific understandings and practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Massachusetts
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