Diversity and the New Teacher: Learning From Experience in Urban Schools / Edition 1

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In this extraordinary volume, veteran teacher educator and internationally respected scholar Catherine Cornbleth examines one of the most challenging issues for new teachers—how to effectively teach a diverse student population. Cornbleth weaves the voices and experiences of student teachers from urban elementary and high schools into her own analysis. She invites new and prospective teachers (especially white teachers from middle-class homes) to draw on these experiences to explore how to work more constructively with students different from themselves, and to succeed in schools different than their own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807748961
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2008
  • Series: Multicultural Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword   James A. Banks     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Challenges Here, Now, and Ahead     1
A Note on Difference and Diversity     5
Where We've Been and What We Know About Constructive Engagement with Difference and Diversity     6
Prologue: A University Teacher Certification Program     9
The Main Stages: Two Urban Schools     10
The New Teachers and the Supporting Cast     13
Overview of Chapters 2-7     14
Getting Started at an Urban School     18
Pre-Encounter     19
Encounter     21
Emerging Concerns, Challenges     26
Conclusions     40
They Say, They Keep Telling Us     42
"Messages" as a Way of Influencing New Teachers     43
General Negativism from External Sources     46
Mixed Messages     48
More Constructive Messages     52
N/Either Constructive n/or Negative Messages     55
Emerging and Diverging Response Paths     58
So, What's the Message?     67
Radical Individualism     69
Dante and Kirk     70
Sylvia and Ethan     79
The Downsides of RadicalIndividualism     84
Conclusions     89
Worlds Apart     91
Ken: "Very Different from Me"     93
Lynn: Culture as Culprit     99
Conclusions     105
Bridging Different Worlds     109
Culture Shock and Accommodation     110
Building Bridges from Different Access Routes     119
Building and Maintaining Bridges     136
Conclusions     140
Where Do We Go from Here?     141
Implications for Teacher Education and Teaching     142
Concluding Note     158
Methodological Note and Theoretical Perspective     161
The Prospective Teachers at Royalton and Charter Schools     165
References     167
Index     171
About the Author     180
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