Classroom of Her Own : How New Teachers Develop Instructional, Professional, and Cultural Competence / Edition 1

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This practical and insightful resource on teacher preparation, induction, and retention observes six young, white, female teachers on the job as they develop confidence and competence in instructional, professional, and cultural realms.

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Editorial Reviews

Judith Haymore Sandholtz
"This engaging and insightful book highlights issues of power and authority, which are often overlooked yet critically important in teacher preparation, induction, and retention."
Elliot W. Eisner

"A Classroom of Her Own is as practical as it is insightful. It is a rare combination of revealing case studies and practical advice designed to help beginning teachers learn how to teach."

Lisa Kirtman

"The book is unique and a valuable asset . . [it] will help teacher educators analyze their own practices. In sum . . . Cattani’s book is insightful and worth reading."

March 2003 Choice Magazine
"A wonderful resource on teacher preparation, induction, and retention, with relevant tips, strategies, and thought-provoking materials for the reader to consider. Summing Up: Essential. "
March 2003 CHOICE
"A wonderful resource on teacher preparation, induction, and retention, with relevant tips, strategies, and thought-provoking materials for the reader to consider. Summing Up: Essential. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761945703
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: One-Off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Haight Cattani, a writer and researcher, holds a doctorate in curricu­lum and teacher education from Stanford University. She studies teacher education and induction, school/university collaboration, and the sociol­ogy of education. She has conducted qualitative evaluation of school reform and has been a university and school site supervisor of beginning teachers. A former elementary and high school English teacher, Dr. Cattani was a fellow and teacher consultant with the California Writing Project, where she published and presented classroom research. Currently, she is active in school governance and as a classroom volunteer in her local public schools.The mother of three, she lives with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her e-mail address is

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Table of Contents

Sidebar Directory
Foreword - James G. March
About the Author
1. Gender, Age, and Teacher Induction
Young Women Teachers
The Mantle of Teacher
The Study
2. Stephanie: The Paradox of Authority
Authority With Colleagues
Authority With Parents
Authority With Students
3. Helen: Professional Identity
Presentation of Self
Presentation of the Classroom
Presentation of Emotions
Professional and Personal
4. Paula: School Culture
The School Environment
Isolation and Connection
5. Beth: School Administration
Committee Work
Supervision and Evaluation
6. Karen: Professional Judgement
Moral Dilemmas in Teaching
7. Julie: Affirmation and Attainment
A Case Study of Homogeneity
8. Unpredictable Outcomes: Race, Ethnicity, and Class
The Diversity Divide
9. Classrooms of Their Own
Instructional Competence
Professional Competence
Cultural Competence
Practical Considerations
Suggestions for Further Reading

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