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Urban Teaching in America

Urban Teaching in America
Theory, Research, and Practice in K-12 Classrooms

Urban Education

September 2011 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Urban Teaching in America: Theory, Research, and Practice in K-12 Classrooms is a brief yet comprehensive overview of urban teaching. Undergraduate and graduate students who are new to the urban context will develop a deeper understanding of the urban teaching environment and the challenges and opportunities they can expect to face while teaching in it. The authors have combined the work of urban education theorists, researchers, and practitioners to demonstrate that urban students bring many resources to their learning environment and can often serve as educators to the teachers themselves. Readers will feel prepared to challenge, rather than maintain, the status quo after reading this book.

Chapter 1: Building Upon Student Resources and Attributes
Chapter 2: Creating Positive Learning Environments
Chapter 3: Using Culturally Responsive Pedagogy to Improve Teaching and Learning
Chapter 4: Supporting English Language Learners
Chapter 5: Taking an Inquiry Stance on Teaching
Chapter 6: Teaching to the Standards Without Standardizing the Curriculum
Chapter 7: Working Within and Around Urban School Bureaucracy
Chapter 8: Promoting Social Justice and Equity in Urban Teaching

“I LOVE the integration of theory and practice!”

Brigid Beaubien
Eastern Michigan University

“It has a strong research focus while it simultaneously speaks to the heart and beliefs of preservice and inservice teachers. This ability to simultaneously engage readers intellectually and emotionally sets this text apart from others.”

Amanda Smith
Concordia University, Chicago

“…a very strong book with an amazing ability to pull together vast amounts of information in concise and precise ways and make it readable and practical for preservice teachers.”

Janna Jackson-Kellinger
University of Massachusetts, Boston

The book did not meet the course objectives

Steven Auld
Education Dept, Columbia International University
November 8, 2012
Key features
Key Features:
  • Organized around eight authentic questions specific to the urban teaching environment, the framework is structured to stimulate in-depth classroom discussion.
  • Issues are framed by an asset perspective that acknowledges the challenges of urban teaching, but highlights the promise and possibility for students, teachers and families.
  • Theory, research, and practice are blended together in each chapter, taking issues cohesively from idea to real-world applications.
  • Experienced urban educators are featured in opening vignettes and practice sections, allowing students to learn from successful teachers' experience in the field.
  • Focus questions, suggested resources, and two types of extension activities—reflection and action—allow for more in-depth exploration of the chapter content.

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