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ERIC Number: EJ938606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Realizing Civic Engagement through the Civic Minor in Urban Education
Calhoun, Mary Lynne
Teacher Education and Practice, v24 n3 p337-339 Sum 2011
The work of schools and the work of universities are deeply interconnected; nowhere is this interconnection stronger than in the work of teacher education. Universities are challenged to produce more teachers and better teachers so that young people will have a vibrant and meaningful future. In these challenging times, universities must step up to find new ways to connect with and support public schools, and one of the strongest approaches is the recruitment and preparation of outstanding teachers who will promote the optimal development of all pupils. What kind of teacher education will lead one to this good place? As a first step, educators must know their communities. Secondly, they must engage their teacher candidates in their communities. In urban settings in which the demographics of the schools do not necessarily match the demographics of the teacher candidate corps, such engagement can lead to a critical reexamination of assumptions about urban youth, the nature of schooling, and the role of the teacher. Thus, a new civic minor in urban education is being developed to promote civic engagement in teacher education programs in urban contexts. The new civic minor will equip future teachers with a deeper understanding of the strengths and capabilities of urban children, the contexts of urban schools, and the opportunities to do great work in urban settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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