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A Classroom of Her Own: How New Teachers Develop Instructional, Professional, and Cultural Competence


reviewed by Lisa Kirtman — 2003

coverTitle: A Classroom of Her Own: How New Teachers Develop Instructional, Professional, and Cultural Competence
Author(s): Dana Haight Cattani
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 0761945709, Pages: 176, Year: 2002
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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 immediately.    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.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 674-677
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11013, Date Accessed: 8/16/2017 11:18:15 AM

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  • Lisa Kirtman
    California State University, Fullerton
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    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.
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