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ERIC Number: EJ866435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
What It Takes to Stick It out: Two Veteran Inner-City Teachers after 25 Years
Cohen, Rosetta Marantz
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v15 n4 p471-491 Aug 2009
This study considers the lives of two veteran, urban high school teachers who have persisted in the profession over several decades, and who demonstrate an investment and enthusiasm for the work that is unusual among teachers in "difficult" schools. Through ethnographic, open-ended interviews and observations, the study seeks to identify those traits of character that serve to support both longevity and ongoing engagement among urban veterans. Those traits are identified here as psychological hardiness, narcissism, and an all-consuming love of subject. The study, though only anecdotal, seems to suggest that administrators and policy-makers would do well to broaden their definition of good teaching and solicit the expertise of this overlooked and valuable cohort. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A