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ERIC Number: EJ1053506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1947-9727
Perspectives on Teaching from Alternative Certification Teachers from Diverse Backgrounds
Evans, Brian R.
Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, v9 n1 p32-40 Spr 2014
This article presents an interview with five teachers in an alternative certification program at a university in New York. All of the teachers were from the New York City Teaching Fellows (NYCTF) program, which is an alternative certification program in New York designed to quickly place teachers in high need schools throughout the city. The purpose was to understand the perspectives on teaching from a small group of diverse teachers in the NYCTF program. Black female, Black male, Latina female, and two Latino male teachers were interviewed, and it was found that all of the teachers indicated that their ethnic/racial backgrounds helped them to either connect with students or parents in the schools. Teachers commonly indicated student behavior and lack of resources as particular challenges in their schools, and teachers generally felt the greatest rewards involved student growth and achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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