Communities as Critical Partners in Teacher Education: The Impact of Community Immersion on Teacher Candidates’ Understanding of Self and Teaching in Urban Schools

  • Jennifer H. Waddell University of Missouri- Kansas City
Keywords: teacher education, urban education, community immersion, field experiences, elementary teacher education, diversity, teacher identity

Abstract

Communities play a critical role in helping teacher candidates understand the social and historical aspects of community and their impact on schools, students and families, particularly in urban communities. Communities should be integral and equal partners in preparing teachers for today’s diverse schools. This paper focuses on utilizing the community as a space for preparing urban teachers. It describes a study of an urban community immersion experience in teacher education at a predominantly white institution. This qualitative study was guided by two research questions, “How have these community immersion experiences influenced candidates’ understanding of self?” and “How have these experiences influenced candidates’ identity as a teacher in urban schools?” Findings suggest that carefully designed community experiences can have significant impact on teacher candidates’ understanding of self and their identity as teachers in urban schools.

Author Biography

Jennifer H. Waddell, University of Missouri- Kansas City

Jennifer H. Waddell is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban Education at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Her research interests include teacher education for urban schools, working with families and communities in teacher preparation and diversity and social justice in urban teacher preparation. 

Published
2013-09-07
How to Cite
Waddell, J. (2013). Communities as Critical Partners in Teacher Education: The Impact of Community Immersion on Teacher Candidates’ Understanding of Self and Teaching in Urban Schools. Current Issues in Education, 16(2). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1198
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