ERIC Number: EJ813668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Student Teaching in Urban and Suburban Schools: Perspectives of Latino Preservice Teachers
Weisman, Evelyn Marino; Hansen, Laurie E.
Urban Education, v43 n6 p653-670 2008
This study employed interviews with 10 bilingual Latino preservice teachers to explore their experiences with schooling and their observations while student teaching in suburban and urban schools. Findings reveal that participants' life experiences and unique responses to cultural conflicts influenced their ability to relate to Latino students and parents and their desires to teach in Latino communities. However, participants demonstrated minimal recognition of forces that contribute to inequity, and none expressed the need to challenge traditional practices. This study supports the need for professional development programs for teachers of color to incorporate ongoing critical reflection of life experiences to promote political consciousness.
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Preservice Teachers, Urban Schools, Suburban Schools, Hispanic American Students, Academic Achievement, Interviews, Bilingualism, Culture Conflict, Student Teacher Attitudes, Educational Practices, Professional Development, Consciousness Raising, Critical Thinking, Political Attitudes
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