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ERIC Number: EJ1209107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Community-Engaged Teacher Education and the Work of Social Justice
Zygmunt, Eva M.; Cipollone, Kristin
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v111 n1 p15-23 Feb 2019
Professional Educators have witnessed the impact of various forms of racism on children in schools many times during their careers. They have observed inequitable access to facilities and materials, inequitable access to high quality teachers, inequitable access to a climate of high expectations, and inequitable access to an education that is culturally relevant, affirming, responsive, and sustaining. As a result of these inequities in access, persistent and significant inequities in outcomes remain firmly entrenched. Despite being more than 60 years removed from Brown v. Board of Education, this country continues to have a system of public education that is inherently segregated and fundamentally unequal (Orfield & Frankenberg, 2014). The authors address of this article address the persistent gaps in academic access, opportunity, and achievement between children from low-income, minoritized backgrounds, as compared to their more advantaged peers, and identify it as a moral scar on a country founded on principles of equality. Committed to an ethic of equity in education, the authors describe a program of community-engaged educator preparation grounded in reciprocal relationships that bridge the university and neighborhood in important ways. Through privileging the collective wisdom, expertise, and cultural wealth of the community as decisive elements of educator preparation, they position neighborhood leaders, pastors, and families as colleagues. The authors describe their journey into community-engaged teacher preparation that began with community concerns regarding the academic achievement of children in a predominantly low-income, African-American neighborhood of Muncie, IN.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana