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ERIC Number: EJ915437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
A Case Study of a Career in Education that Began with "Teach for America"
Tellez, Kip
Teaching Education, v22 n1 p15-38 Mar 2011
In this article I share the results of a seven-year case study of an educator who began his career without formal preservice teacher education, as a participant in Teach for America. Steven (a pseudonym) began teaching mathematics in an urban middle school, later teaching social studies to English language learners, and is currently a principal of an urban charter school. Using a narrative/biographical research method, I have documented how Steven combined his personal resources, the confidence he gained from participating in Teach for America, and, because he began taking professional coursework in his second year of teaching, his emerging understanding of the foundations of teaching and learning (i.e. what he learned at the university) to form the educator he has become. His growth in understanding the culture of his students is a particularly compelling part of his story. Implications for contemporary teacher education are discussed, including the role of multicultural education courses and why customized teacher education programs should become more commonplace. (Contains 1 table and 21 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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