ERIC Number: EJ817395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
A Cultural Memoir of Schooling: Connecting History and Critical Reflection to the Development of Culturally Responsive Educators
Canniff, Julie G.
Teaching Education, v19 n4 p325-335 Dec 2008
This study grew out of a course I teach for undergraduate teacher certification candidates ("Education in the United States") in which the final assignment--"A cultural memoir of schooling"--requires students to study the events, policies and stakeholders in American education through the experiences of their extended families. The article encompasses the structure of the course, student voices and a discussion of why I believe it is important for pre-service teacher interns to research and critically evaluate their backgrounds, cultural assumptions, and experiences of schooling at the beginning of their teacher preparation program. My students' insights on the course and the discoveries of their own cultural stories are interpreted through the research on successful intelligence and through the literature on culturally responsive pedagogy.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Course Descriptions, Teacher Certification, History, Assignments, Educational Policy, Educational Experience, Family (Sociological Unit), Culturally Relevant Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Interns, Cultural Background, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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