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ERIC Number: EJ754763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Ain't Nothin' like the Real Thing: Preparing Teachers in an Urban Environment
Melser, Nancy Armstrong
Childhood Education, v82 n5 p279 Ann 2006
Colleges and universities are presented with the problem of preparing teachers for diverse classrooms on a daily basis. The lack of preparation for teaching in urban settings is one problem. This article presents the Urban Semester Program. This is an immersion program for junior level students. In this immersion experience, participants take a semester of classes while spending all day, five days a week, working in one of two elementary schools in the Indianapolis Public Schools System. The Indianapolis school system was chosen for this collaborative project because it represented a true urban setting and had a diverse population of students. The goals of this partnership were to debunk the myths about teaching in an urban location while also promoting positive attitudes about teaching in such a setting. The ultimate goal was to recruit students for job openings in the urban environment by preparing them through field placements in diverse surroundings. The Urban Semester Program helps preservice teachers make these connections to students, staff, and self.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana