ERIC Number: EJ796254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 36
First Year Teachers and Diversity: Teacher Research through Photography
Graziano, Kevin J.; Litton, Edmundo F.
Issues in Teacher Education, v16 n1 p7-19 Spr 2007
Participatory research is an ideal theoretical framework for understanding the lives of teachers. While there is ample research on the experiences of teachers who work in diverse settings, most researchers have often described issues of diversity for new teachers. Far too often, researchers are not able to fully capture the difficult issues and everyday realities that new teachers have to face in under-resourced schools. This article presents a case study of using photography as a tool for teacher research. Twenty-five first year teachers (also referred to as Interns) participated in a four-month ethnographic study on their experiences and interactions with others as first year teachers in under-resourced schools in Los Angeles County. Specifically, the Interns were asked to document, through photography, areas that they felt needed to be changed to make learning and teaching more effective. The project tells multiple stories of the struggles of first year teachers as they strive to promote academic achievement and change in schools that are affected by poverty, racism, and social inequity.
Descriptors: Photography, Participatory Research, Ethnography, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Researchers, Models, Diversity (Faculty), Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Case Studies, Adolescent Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: California