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Diversity and the New Teacher: Learning from Experience in Urban Schools


reviewed by Jane Bolgatz — November 14, 2008

coverTitle: Diversity and the New Teacher: Learning from Experience in Urban Schools
Author(s): Catherine Cornbleth
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080774896X, Pages: 192, Year: 2008
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Learning From Experience in Urban Schools is a nuanced report about what we can learn from studying what happens when predominantly white, middle and upper-middle class pre-service teachers work in racially diverse schools. Catherine Cornbleth and her team interviewed and sat in on the cohort meetings and classes of 14 volunteers who were in a university teacher education program in upstate New York. The prospective teachers (PTs) were placed in science, math, social studies and English classes in either a public high school or a charter elementary school, each of about 1,000 students. Cornbleth seeks to answer the question, “what might teacher educators and prospective teachers learn from the interaction of individual and institution in school settings during pre-student-teaching field experiences and student teaching itself that could better prepare new teachers for constructively engaging student difference and diversity?” (p. 4). The resulting description is rich with the PTs’ voices and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 14, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15435, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 9:19:06 PM

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  • Jane Bolgatz
    Fordham Univeristy
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    JANE BOLGATZ is an associate professor of social studies education at Fordham Univeristy’s Graduate School of Education in New York City. She is the author of Talking Race in the Classroom (Teachers College Press, 2005).
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