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ERIC Number: EJ1022576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
A Racio-Economic Analysis of Teach for America: Counterstories of TFA Teachers of Color
Lapayese, Yvette V.; Aldana, Ursula S.; Lara, Eduardo
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v11 n1 p11-25 Win 2014
This article discusses Teach for America (TFA), one of the alternative education programs of the U.S. Department of Education designed to address the achievement gap of students of color in the country. Topics explored in this research include issues of racism and race in the recruitment and support of its teacher corp; how TFA educators of color perceive the impact of alternative teaching programs in economically disenfranchised communities of color; the function of counterstories in the education; and the interest-convergence theory in education. Interviews were conducted with TFA teachers of color to capture their counterstories in terms of: (1) knowledge and beliefs about race, power and education, (2) information on the participant and her/his experiences in the program, and (3) perception of the program's impact in economically disenfranchised communities of color. Results showed that TFA effectively benefits the economic and racial interests of Whites. Organizational policy recommendations are made to inspire some much needed dialogue and change regarding TFA's racial practices as an organization upholding White interests.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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