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Becoming a Teacher

reviewed by Shirley Brice Heath - 1971

coverTitle: Becoming a Teacher
Author(s): Elizabeth Eddy
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 167, Year: 1969
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Becoming a Teacher is not a book for beginning teachers. It is, in fact, a book not primarily for teachers at all, but rather for sociologists and anthropologists interested in education in the inner city. Applying the anthropological concept of "rites of passage" to the experiences of beginning teachers, the author examines the transition of students becoming teachers. Within their education and liberal arts courses, students preparing to become teachers hear much about teaching children how to learn. As student teachers in that "sacred" position of being neither the instructed nor the instructor, they begin to suspect that the tenets of their teacher-training programs have few supporters in the classroom. As new teachers, they learn rapidly from the administrative bureaucracy that the measuring stick of a teacher's worth does not include what and how students learn, but rather how quiet, clean, and attractive the classroom remains. Eddy's introductory emphasis on the rites of passage for students becoming teachers provides a theoretical framework. Into this the reader... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 4, 1971, p. 623-625
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1698, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 3:28:19 PM

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