ERIC Number: EJ856411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Urban Educators' Voices: Understanding Culture in the Classroom
Smith, Deborah L.; Smith, Brian J.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v41 n4 p334-351 Nov 2009
This article discusses urban educators' views of their teaching experiences. The article is based upon survey research conducted with teachers in two poor, urban districts during the 2005-2006 academic year. The teachers reported a variety of positive and negative views regarding their classrooms, their students, and the students' social worlds. The data illustrate the importance of classroom processes for the teachers, and how they believed that their students' social locations, behaviors, and attitudes impede the delivery of educational content. We believe this research raises interesting challenges regarding the need for urban educators to incorporate students' perspectives into both instructional processes and curriculum content. Furthermore, this research should contribute to the empirical foundation needed for the creation of better teacher preparation programs.
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Urban Teaching, Teaching Experience, Teacher Surveys, Urban Schools, Relevance (Education), Social Status, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior
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