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ERIC Number: EJ819800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Community Reciprocity in the Work of African-American Teachers
Dingus, Jeannine
Teaching Education, v17 n3 p195-206 Sep 2006
The scholarship on historical and contemporary African-American teachers highlights the emphasis on community connections in their work. As such, the scholarship portrays African-American teachers almost exclusively as "givers" without fully considering what teachers derive from community connections. This paper describes a qualitative study in which intergenerational African-American teachers illustrate the dual nature of community connections and the ways in which constructs of community informed their work. Three distinct points along the professional spectrum--entry, career development, and long-term career trajectories--illuminate the ways in which community reciprocity impacts and informs the teachers under study. Study findings elucidated a communal reciprocity in that community connections influenced professional entry contributed to feelings of personal and professional self-worth and impacted long-term career goals. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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