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ERIC Number: EJ1122976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
Community: The Missing Piece in Preparing Teacher Candidates for Future Urban Classrooms
Marx, Dea; Pecina, Uzziel
Action in Teacher Education, v38 n4 p344-357 2016
Preparing successful teacher candidates in urban schools requires educator preparation programs to integrate the exploration of community and cultures into the curriculum. Understanding the importance of community, interpreting and analyzing cultural implications, and creating new perceptions and understandings of urban students are essential for new teachers to be successful in urban classrooms. This qualitative study was conducted within an educator preparation program at an urban-serving university located in the midwestern United States. The authors analyzed 280 electronic reflective journals written by 53 teacher candidates over a 2-year period to determine if the course influenced teacher candidates' perspectives on urban issues. Implications for practice and recommendations for improvements include offering the course earlier in the program. Doing so would allow more time for teacher candidates to develop a deeper understanding and acquisition of the culturally sustaining abilities needed to create meaningful classroom communities for diverse learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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