Title

“It’s Making Me a Better Teacher.” Transforming Latinx Teacher Candidates Clinical Field Experiences in a Hispanic Serving Institution

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Abstract

This manuscript explores the outcomes of a university-district partnership that provides Latinx teacher candidates with a yearlong clinical experience as the culmination of their teacher preparation. Qualitative data collected as part of a mixed methods study were analyzed to determine how Latinx teacher candidates and cooperating teachers understand learning to teach, and perceptions of the partnership. Results show an emphasis on mastering routines, learning to teach through observation, and reciprocal growth derived from their mentoring relationship. Salient is the tendency to homogenize Latinx students and a reductionist vision of diversity. The authors explore the positionality of culture and language in Latinx teacher preparation and implications for quality teacher preparation, including a structured clinically rich approach to learning to teach.

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Copyright 2019, Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education

Publication Title

Texas Educator Preparation Journal

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