ERIC Number: EJ1023199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Working with Families in Urban Teacher Education: A Critical Need for All Students
Waddell, Jennifer H.
Teacher Educator, v48 n4 p276-295 2013
The positive impact of family-school relationships is well documented in the literature, as is the need for teacher education to prepare teachers to work positively with diverse families. This article reports the experiences and perspectives of candidates in an elementary urban teacher preparation program in the United States as they engaged in authentic experiences with the families of their students. Findings provide evidence that authentic experiences within constructivist teacher education can help candidates regard families as a valuable resource for teachers in urban schools. The results highlight the need to provide candidates with authentic and relevant community- and family-based experiences within carefully designed teacher preparation programs as we strive to prepare the teachers all children deserve.
Descriptors: Urban Environment, Family School Relationship, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Attitudes, Learning Experience, Culturally Relevant Education, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary School Curriculum, Assignments, Transcripts (Written Records), Beliefs, Anxiety, Fear, Teacher Responsibility, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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