Urban educators' voices: Understanding culture in the classroom

Deborah L. Smith, Brian J. Smith

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This article discusses urban educators' views of their teaching experiences. The article is based upon survey research conducted with teachers in two poor, urban districts during the 2005-2006 academic year. The teachers reported a variety of positive and negative views regarding their classrooms, their students, and the students' social worlds. The data illustrate the importance of classroom processes for the teachers, and how they believed that their students' social locations, behaviors, and attitudes impede the delivery of educational content. We believe this research raises interesting challenges regarding the need for urban educators to incorporate students' perspectives into both instructional processes and curriculum content. Furthermore, this research should contribute to the empirical foundation needed for the creation of better teacher preparation programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-351
Number of pages18
JournalUrban Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Classroom processes
  • Culture
  • Teacher education
  • Teachers views
  • Urban education


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