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ERIC Number: EJ865920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
"The Hardest Thing to Turn From": The Effects of Service-Learning on Preparing Urban Educators
Andrews, Dorinda J. Carter
Equity & Excellence in Education, v42 n3 p272-293 2009
In this article, the author describes her use of service-learning as a pedagogical strategy for developing preservice students' dispositions for urban teaching. Twenty-one students were enrolled in a multicultural education course with a service-learning requirement. This was the students' first teacher education course in a two-year, urban-focused strand of the university's larger teacher education program. Students engaged in tutoring in local urban elementary and high schools. They also conducted observations, interviews, and worked in a community center. The author describes how the action-reflection process differed for students from urban home and schooling backgrounds and those from suburban home and schooling backgrounds. She posits that the service-learning experience facilitated the reflection process in students that led them to be more social justice-oriented in their thoughts about urban teaching. The author also argues that the experience enhanced their commitment to and motivations for urban teaching. Of particular focus is the effect the service-learning had on preservice students of color who were the racial majority in this cohort. The author also discusses some of the challenges faced as a teacher educator attempting to be more holistic in her teaching through the use of service-learning and implications for urban teacher education courses and program design. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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