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ERIC Number: EJ956503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
Commitment to Teach in Under-Resourced Schools: Prospective Science and Mathematics Teachers' Dispositions
Ganchorre, Athena R.; Tomanek, Debra
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v23 n1 p87-110 Feb 2012
In this exploratory study, we sought to gain an understanding of what motivates prospective teachers who are Noyce Scholars at a research-intensive southeastern US university to commit to teaching secondary level science or mathematics in school districts that have a high proportion of students who come from low-socioeconomic households. An interpretive methodology revealed three themes associated with Noyce Scholars' motivations to teach (1) awareness of educational challenges, (2) sense of belonging to or comfort with diverse communities, and (3) belief that one can serve as a role model and resource. The paper describes and compares the significance of each theme among six prospective teachers who identify with the schooling experiences of students who came from low-income or poor households and nine prospective teachers who identify with the schooling experiences in a middle-income school or district. The implication of this study supports the importance of recruiting prospective science and mathematics teachers who have knowledge of and a disposition to work with learners from low-income or poor households, even if those prospective teachers are not themselves the members of under-served populations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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