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ERIC Number: EJ852635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1946-2069
From Resistance to Community Relevance: Urban Teachers Making Sense of the Standards Movement
Marquez-Zenkov, Kristien; Nordgren, R. D.
Online Yearbook of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, p1-13 2004
This essay describes the broad consideration of educational standards that occurred with a cohort of masters' licensure students in public, urban university and high school contexts. This deliberation over standards was rooted in the model of standards development presented by these future teachers' licensure program and called upon this next generation of urban educators to develop standards for their own teaching practices. Relying upon a set of urban standards, this program (the Master of Urban Secondary Teaching, or MUST, program) has attempted to focus its constituents--its interns, mentors, and university faculty--on preparing novice teachers to work in urban schools and to be responsive to their urban communities and students. This standards development method first allowed a cohort of teacher candidates to consider the nature and specifics of the current emphasis on standards that is increasingly a part of every educational context. It then provided these pre-service city teachers with both a process for integrating relevant community experiences into their teaching practices, as well as specific criteria that might make their teaching responsive to the intense urban conditions of their students' lives. These methods allowed these teacher candidates to "see" how the sources for their own educational standards are present in the spaces and environments of their schools and communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001