From “Urban” to Urban: Engaging Schools and Communities in Teacher Education

  • Ruanda Garth McCullough Loyola University Chicago


This study examines the impact of a new course that broadens a teacher education program in preparing teachers to engage in urban schools and communities. Our examination focuses on the following question: To what extent and in what ways does this urban education course that includes a community organization field placement impact teacher candidates in terms of their understanding of: (a) social justice, (b) the relationship between their identity and their pedagogical practices, and (c) urban communities as educational resources? Findings suggest that the course is having an impact on teacher candidates and most reported insightful experiences with the resources in urban communities for use in their future teaching.

Author Biography

Ruanda Garth McCullough, Loyola University Chicago
Curriculum and Instruction, Associate Professor