Moving from Idealism Towards Hope
Advance praise for: LEARNING FROM COUNTERNARRATIVES IN TEACH FOR AMERICA
Advance praise for
LEARNING FROM COUNTERNARRATIVES IN TEACH FOR AMERICA
“Sarah Matsui’s book offers an unusually rich example of what practitioner knowledge and inquiry can contribute to critical conversations about educational equity and the toll that simplifications can take on teachers and, by extension, their students. Her intelligent and thoughtful narrative unpacks the complex interplay between TFA’s persuasive discourse and the intense experiences of corps members as they grappled with profound gaps between expectations and their on-the-ground experiences as participants in the most highly touted reform of teacher education in recent history.
Conducted with great sensitivity to their self-described conflicts and trauma of participation, Matsui’s analyses and interpretations of her extensive interviews are informed by her considerable knowledge and insights as an insider, as well as her use of compelling interpretive frameworks drawn from a number of disciplines.
The book is timely and provocative, a must-read for anyone who cares deeply about teaching, teacher education, and quality education for urban communities.”
—Susan L. Lytle, Professor Emerita, University of Pennsylvania
“Few elements of the education reform movement have been as polarizing as Teach For America. Critics of TFA have focused on its leadership, the inadequacy of the training, and the placement of recruits in mostly high-poverty minority schools, but Sarah Matsui’s study opens a new and important window into why TFA deserves critical reconsideration. Matsui provides a detailed and revealing look at what it means to be a TFA...
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