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ERIC Number: EJ1085808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2151-2612
Recruiting Secondary Mathematics Teachers: Characteristics That Add Up for African American Students
Ragland, Tamra C.; Harkness, Shelly Sheats
Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, v7 n2 p76-96 Dec 2014
In this article, the authors provide portraits of three mathematics teachers: one European American man, one African American man, and one Middle Eastern woman. All three taught in secondary schools with predominantly African American student populations. Semi-structured interviews and observations were conducted to create a comparative case study that analyzed the teachers' "star" background experiences and skills (Haberman, 1995). The analysis also focused on whether or not there was a connection between their star background experiences and skills and their use of relational and field-dependent methods of teaching. Data suggest that there was a connection between Haberman's star framework and teachers who taught relationally and used field-dependent methods. Based on these results, the authors argue that alternative certification programs should broaden their criteria and recruit preservice teachers with star background experiences and skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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