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Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms


reviewed by Marshall George ó 2002

coverTitle: Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms
Author(s): Gloria Ladson-Billings
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0787950017, Pages: 192, Year: 2001
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†A well-known teacher educator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gloria Ladsen-Billings, author of The Dreamkeepers (Jossey-Bass, 1997) has again written about the need to prepare pre-service teachers to meet the needs of an ever-growing diverse population in our nationís public schools. This is a book of stories: stories of the authorís journey as a teacher and teacher educator, and stories of the journeys of a group of her teacher education students. In telling these stories, Ladson-Billings advocates an approach to teaching that focuses on a blending of academics, culture, and social justice. In Crossing Over to Canaan, Gloria Ladson-Billings describes the experiences of a cohort of eight female teacher education students in the Teach for Diversity (TDF) Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Using a biblical metaphor that compares the struggles of these eight novice teachers to that of Old Testament figure Joshua, the author attempts to chronicle the experiences of these eight young women as they face the challenges of teaching in culturally diverse urban schools. Near... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 1019-1021
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10853, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 2:38:35 AM

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  • Marshall George
    Fordham University
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    Marshall A. George taught middle and high school English language arts for eight years before completing a Doctor of Education at the University of Tennessee. For the past five years, he has been on the faculty of The Graduate School of Education at Fordham University in New York City, where he teaches courses in adolescent literature, middle school literacy, and secondary English methods to pre-service and in-service teachers, and serves as Director of Adolescence Education. Recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Adolescent Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN), Dr. George has recently written articles related to his interest and research in the areas of adolescent literature and the field of teacher education. His work has recently appeared in The English Journal (2001), The ALAN Review (2000), The Social Studies (2000), College Teaching (2000) , and English Leadership Quarterly (1999). In addition, he has contributed a chapter to the Writers for Young Adults series (Scribners, 2000) and Adolescent Literature as a Complement to the Classics (Christopher-Gordon, 2000).
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