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Celebrating City Teachers: How To Make A Difference in Urban Schools


reviewed by Elena Scambio — 2003

coverTitle: Celebrating City Teachers: How To Make A Difference in Urban Schools
Author(s): Jill Sunday Bartoli
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325003793, Pages: 176, Year: 2001
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Celebrating City Teachersis a very empathetic testimony to teachers who work diligently, with hope and courage, at improving the quality of life for students and creating educational experiences that provide nourishment and develop competence.    Bartoli speaks about an ecology of learning and looks at the interrelationships that constrain and foster learning. In some ways, she validates and reframes Sarason’s (1982) work on the culture of schools.  This book is rich with personal accounts that describe the complex interdependendencies that are critical for growth and for constructing knowledge.   Culled from an ethnographic study of four urban schools, themes were identified and grouped within three major relationship categories.  The three general categories are relationships that support learning, the orchestration of learning, and the environment for learning.  A common ecology existed in the four schools: a family environment in which a caring community of learners who felt respected and supported existed. The author, in providing a detailed description of the social organizations of the four schools about which she wrote,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 174-176
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10918, Date Accessed: 6/24/2018 1:43:36 AM

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  • Elena Scambio
    Bloomfield College
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    ELENA SCAMBIO is Professor of Education at Bloomfield College in New Jersey where she also serves as Director of the Teacher Education program.
 
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