ERIC Number: EJ761998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 33
They Call Me "Maestra": Preservice Teachers' Interactions with Parents in a Reading Tutoring Program
Abrego, Michelle H.; Rubin, Renee; Sutterby, John A.
Action in Teacher Education, v28 n1 p3-12 Spr 2006
Our community university, located along the Texas-Mexico border, in cooperation with a local elementary school campus is involved in a project focused on working with elementary students and their families in relation to early literacy development. The project provides preservice teachers with a structured opportunity to work directly with Latino families. Two years of data, collected and analyzed from preservice teachers' reflections about their experiences, revealed positive benefits and concerns. Benefits include development of preservice teachers' skill and confidence in working with parents, their ability to build relationships with families, and their capacity to form partnerships for children's literacy development. However, preservice teachers may fail to recognize that all families possess cultural capital or funds of knowledge. We recommend that university programs consider family involvement as a necessary component of the curriculum to build preservice teachers' capacity to involve all.
Descriptors: Tutoring, Preservice Teachers, Family Involvement, Emergent Literacy, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Experience, Cooperative Programs, Reading Research, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Metacognition, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas