Title

Community-Based Organizations and Pre-Service Teacher Education: A Case Study of 826LA

Authors

Sarah Duer

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

Teacher preparation programs typically depend on fieldwork experiences in classrooms to prepare pre-service teachers and fail to utilize other spaces for helpful pedagogical shaping. The potential value from participation in a community-based organization ? especially one grounded in educational endeavors ? for future teachers is worthy of explicit analysis and articulation, yet almost ignored in current scholarship and practice. How can a community based literacy program support pre-service teachers in teacher training? This research project will examine the potential value of participation in community-based organizations for training pre-service teacher candidates and contribute to current scholarship. It will explore which contexts or spaces provide pre-service teachers with helpful, culturally relevant learning opportunities. Specifically, the project will work with 826LA, a nonprofit community-based literacy organization, as a case study for analysis and data collection through eighteen interviews with staff members, students, parents, and teachers who are closely involved with 826LA.

Advisor

La Mont Terry

Department

edu

Support

Ford Research Mentors Endowment

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