Bridging Worlds: Changes in Personal and Professional Identities of Pre-Service Urban Teachers by ProQuest

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[...] I also represent the "Black" world with my upbringing, physical appearance, and knowledge and application of community norms and beliefs. [...] as a teacher of color in an urban school, I face the challenge of bridging my two worlds in such a way that my students can benefit from what I have learned in each. - [...] no one can deny the importance of a diverse teaching population in urban schools and hence, all teacher education programs must launch aggressive recruitment efforts to attract teachers of color.

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									            Katherine K. Merseth, Julia Sommer, & Shari Dickstein
                 Teacher Education Quarterly, Summer 2008




                                                    Bridging Worlds:
    Changes in Personal and Professional Identities
                    of Pre-Service Urban Teachers

  By Katherine K. Merseth, Julia Sommer, & Shari Dickstein

    As the rare teacher of color, I, in many ways, represent the “White” world with my
    prestigious education, academic language, and professional dress. On the other
    hand…I also represent the “Black” world with my upbringing, physical appear-
    
								
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