A Classroom of Her Own: How New Teachers Develop Instructional, Professional, and Cultural Competencereviewed by Lisa Kirtman — 2003
In reading A Classroom of Her Own: How New Teachers
Develop Instructional, Professional and Cultural Competence,
one may wonder if there is a need for another case study on young
white teachers in urban schools. What could this author
possibly add to the abundance of previously published works?
The author dispels these and other concerns also most
Cattani examines the lives of 6 young white teachers working in
California’s urban public schools in hopes of
“highlight[ing] their paths toward instructional competence,
professional competence and cultural competence” (p. 2). The
teachers have from 1 to 5 years previous teaching experience, and 5
out of the 6 teach in low income and low achieving schools.
All are working with children that have economic and/or racial
backgrounds that differ from their own. In constructing this
book, she vividly allows each case story to fill in a piece of the
complex world of teaching.
Cattani begins with a justification for why there needs to be
more examination of this already saturated... (preview truncated at 150 words.) Title:
A Classroom of Her Own: How New Teachers Develop Instructional, Professional, and Cultural CompetenceAuthor(s):
Dana Haight Cattani
Corwin Press, Thousand OaksISBN:
2002Search for book at Amazon.com
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- Lisa Kirtman
California State University, Fullerton
LISA KIRTMAN is an assistant professor at the California State University, Fullerton. She teaches math and science methods in the multiple-subjects teacher-credentialing program and research methods in the master’s program. Her past publications are in the areas of teachers’ work, math education and educational policy. Her current research interests include pre-service teacher education specifically in the area of mathematics education.