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ERIC Number: EJ900956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
The Big Picture: Focusing Urban Teacher Education on the Community
Gimbert, Belinda; Desai, Shiv; Kerka, Sandra
Phi Delta Kappan, v92 n2 p36-39 Oct 2010
New teachers don't last long in urban schools. From 30% to 50% of them leave these schools within their first five years, and teacher education institutions are trying a number of strategies to change this. To combat the high attrition rate among new teachers in urban schools, the authors suggest that teacher education programs should take a social justice approach that combines six interrelated factors--knowledge base for teaching, knowledge of students as learners, culturally relevant teaching, learning cohorts within learning communities, mentors/teaching models, and school-university-community partnerships--to develop teachers who are focused on the communities they serve and supported by a partnership with the community and their teacher education program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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