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Rozansky-Lloyd, Carol – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
Preservice elementary teachers enrolled in a reading methods course learn how literacy instruction is a political act that can affect children's opportunities. Through discussions and readings, they learn how the ways in which they teach reading to children make a difference in their subsequent access to knowledge. Through a practicum experience…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, White Students, Middle Class, Preservice Teacher Education
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Seidel, Kent; Meyer, Helen – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
This article looks at the perils and promises of standards-based instruction in urban environments. We begin with an outline of the rise of the current standards movement. Then turn to the con position which contends; states, schools and districts do not always implement standards-based ideals effectively, especially in urban settings where…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Student Interests, Mastery Learning, Educational Change
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Voltz, Deborah L. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
In our current climate of standards-based reform, efforts abound to have all students reach the same goals. At the same time, other educational reforms, such as inclusion, are creating increasingly diverse populations of students in general education classrooms. Consequently, teachers often view inclusion and standards-based reform as incompatible…
Descriptors: Urban Teaching, Educational Change, Individualized Instruction, Standards
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Dillihunt, Monica L.; Tyler, Kenneth M. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
The purpose of this study is to discern the effects of instruction type on minority students in urban schools, mathematics achievement. Two hundred thirteen third and fifth grade (136 African American and 77 Latino) students attending schools in low-income urban communities were provided mathematics instruction in one of two ways: multiple…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Multiple Intelligences, Mathematics Achievement, Grade 5
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Berghoff, Beth – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
The value of teacher education is being questioned at the same time as schools are facing the challenges of budget shortfalls and unfunded mandates. Efforts to professionalize teaching are being undermined by overly authoritarian control of the curriculum and test-driven reforms. But schools of education do know how to stay the course. This…
Descriptors: Expertise, Preservice Teacher Education, Urban Schools, Schools of Education
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Washburn, Judith; Powers, Aleeta; Morales, Rosario – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
In response to the challenges of new state-mandated requirements for teacher credentialing, a team of university faculty and school district representatives worked in a collaborative project to support beginning teachers. The outcome of the collaborative is an innovative program that provides support and formative assessment of teachers during…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Teaching, Formative Evaluation, Masters Programs
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Truscott, Diane; Roden, John – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
The study reports on changes in beliefs and attitudes toward urban schools evidenced by teacher candidates when engaged in a five week summer tutoring experience in a city school district. Beliefs at pre and post testing are presented descriptively, while changes between the two measures are presented in a matched-case method. Among the most…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Urban Schools, Pretests Posttests, Teacher Interns
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Szpara, Michelle Yvonne – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
Race and other forms of difference are socially constructed concepts, continually reproduced and redefined in interaction. It is important to focus on how race and class are constructed by future teachers, because the ways in which they perceive their students may affect their interactions in the classroom, including having lower expectations for…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, High Schools, Urban Schools, Teacher Attitudes
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Smiley, Azure Dee – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
Many European American pre-service special education teachers participate in activities and coursework to prepare them to engage with diverse students in urban settings. This qualitative study explores the experience of two teacher candidates taking part in one such program. Specifically, the interactions and perceptions of the participants' first…
Descriptors: Urban Teaching, Multicultural Education, Special Education Teachers, Teaching Experience
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Saffold, Felicia – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
This study explores urban teachers' perception of their mentoring experience in an alternative urban teacher education program. Fifteen teachers who had been teaching in urban schools for at least three years participated in focus groups. The findings support the need for continuing the development of new teachers through utilizing mentors in the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Teaching, Mentors, Alternative Teacher Certification
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Ghiaciuc, Susan; McIntyre, Ellen; Kyle, Diane; Sutherland, Melissa – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
The authors explore the ways current curricula continue to frustrate parental and student goals in the classroom, focusing on three separate ethnographic studies of subjects from African American, Appalachian, and Latino backgrounds. The researchers determine that, despite the idiographic nature of their individual studies, many marginalized…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Ethnography, Educational Change, Student Attitudes
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Kersten, Jodene M. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
This paper discusses challenges initiated by first and second generation Latino and Chinese American fourth graders in an urban elementary school, toward the perspective of California history in the mandated Social Studies curriculum. The required text highlighted significant moments in California and United States history with limited, if any,…
Descriptors: United States History, Critical Theory, Grade 4, Chinese Americans
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Joseph, Rebecca – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
This study examines six teachers' responses inside and outside of their classrooms to increasingly mixed messages about how they should develop the literacy of California's youngest and most at-risk students. While they must develop highly developed knowledge and skills to teach literacy in linguistically diverse classrooms, they must also adhere…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Urban Teaching, Literacy Education, At Risk Students
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Chapman, Thandeka K.; Hobbel, Nikola – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
Using a collaborative program evaluation of a bridge program at a state flagship university, the authors argue that contradictions in student perceptions of their literacy learning are endemic to the effects of the structure of urban schooling. Overcrowding and underfunding of particular schools, in contrast with successful academic magnet…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, State Universities, College School Cooperation, High Schools
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Javeri, Manisha; Chen, Pearl – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
This paper focuses on the challenges faced by faculty in the urban teacher preparation programs, particularly in the area of technology integration by pre-service and in-service teachers in their classroom instruction. The paper discusses the issues of first-order barriers (access to technology, infrastructure support) and second-order barriers…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Teaching, Technology Integration, Educational Technology
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