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ERIC Number: EJ1053492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
What School Movies and "TFA" Teach Us about Who Should Teach Urban Youth: Dominant Narratives as Public Pedagogy
Cann, Colette N.
Urban Education, v50 n3 p288-315 Apr 2015
White teacher savior films (WTSFs) depict the teaching profession as one for which conventional credentialing is unnecessary. White teachers with little training and experience perform miracles in urban classrooms where trained, experienced teachers have failed. This same narrative is echoed in alternative credential programs such as Teach For America ("TFA"). This article compares the WTSF and "TFA" narratives with the educational research and finds inconsistencies that unravel the myth. The author suggests that the WTSF and "TFA" narratives serve instead as public pedagogy, teaching movie-goers that urban schools need only well-meaning, less expensive, underqualified and inexperienced White teachers despite the research showing otherwise.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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