Search results for: Urban schools
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An Alternative Research and Science Teacher Preparation Agenda for Urban Science Education: An Insider’s Call for a Focus on Success
There are some small urban high schools that have high levels of student engagement in science. Those schools who have created these effective environments for science show that it is only in the whole school context in which these effective science classrooms exist and the matrix of interactions organized by the teachers outside the science classroom that leads to this success.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2013
Their Portfolios, Our Role: Examining a Community College Teacher Education Digital Portfolio Program From the Students' Perspective
In this article, the authors describe an implementation of digital portfolio development for all of the preservice early childhood educators registered in the infant-toddler and preschool–early elementary programs at a large, urban community college. Three years after implementation of the program, the authors conducted survey research to assess our students' perceptions of their preservice digital portfolio and their experience constructing it.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
Teacher attrition threatens validity in research studies. In this article, the authors examine the threat of participant attrition as an example of the types of problems researchers face. The authors found that teachers left because of changes in teaching assignments, institutional challenges, and personal challenges.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2012
In this article, the authors identify what mentor teachers associated with one urban teacher preparation program believe are positive student and associated mentor outcomes that result from student teacher participation in their elementary classrooms. The authors conduct a content analysis of individual interviews with 16 student teacher mentors. The authors also use data from a teacher candidate focus group.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2012
The Multidimensionality of Multicultural Service Learning: The Variable Effects of Social Identity, Context and Pedagogy on Pre-service Teachers’ Learning
In this article, the authors are interested to assess the effects of pre-service teachers’ social identities, Multicultural service learning (MSL) contexts, and university pedagogy on pre-service teachers’ awareness of cultural bias, understanding of social inequality, and commitment to teaching diverse students. The authors collected survey data from 212 pre-service teachers engaged in 22 MSL sites.
Updated: Jul. 23, 2012
Embedded, Emboldened, and (Net)Working for Change: Support-Seeking and Teacher Agency in Urban, High-Needs Schools
This article hones in on one teacher's case in order to explore in depth the potential contributions of support networks to teachers' development, retention, and participation in school change. The findings suggest the role of community-based, beyond-school ties in shaping teachers' workplace satisfaction and their career decisions.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2012
This study draws data from a public university teacher education program that specifically sought to prepare White, middle-income, novice teachers to work in a large, urban school district. Specifically, the authors sought to find out what characteristics and environmental supports were important to these teachers in their first years of teaching. The results of this study identified seven criteria that emerged from interviews of 12 new urban teachers in exploring what makes them feel successful in their jobs. Themes included access to significant adult relationships, ability to mentor others, ability to problem-solve, hope, high expectations for self and students, sociocultural awareness, and the teachers’ need to access professional development opportunities.
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012
The current study explores novice, urban-trained teachers’ evaluations of their current schools. The participants were16 teachers from the same private, graduate-level university teacher education program (TEP) in the eastern United States. The findings reveal that these teachers prefer the behaviors, beliefs, and values that they perceive most resemble suburban-ness or middle-class-ness. This study demonstrates how these teachers’ ranking essentially reinforced the dominance of White, middle-class culture, revealing the hidden discourse of class and how the beliefs associated with class are often entangled with race.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2012
Preservice Teachers’ Sense of Preparedness and Self-Efficacy to Teach in America’s Urban and Suburban Schools: Does Context Matter?
This study examined the influence that school contextual factors have on American preservice teachers’ sense of preparedness to teach and culturally responsive teaching self-efficacy appraisals. The results indicate that preservice teachers’ culturally responsive teaching self-efficacy beliefs were significantly higher when these appraisals were made in a suburban school context rather than an urban school context. Furthermore, preservice teachers’ culturally responsive teaching self-efficacy beliefs were not stable but varied as a result of the context in which the appraisals were made.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2011
The current study examines how two teachers in an inner-city elementary school have interacted successfully with African American parents to encourage their involvement in the academic efforts of their children. The article identifies five effective parental involvement practices emerged in each teacher’s story: reaching out to the parents, developing positive teacher–child–parent relationships, creating a positive classroom climate, teaching to involve the parents, and establishing community–school connections. The study found that these two teachers developed positive relationships with parents.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2011