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Elementary Education and Teaching

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2015

William & Mary

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"How Do They Do It?": Characteristics Of Successful Teachers Of African American Students, Chloe C. Miksovic Apr 2015

"How Do They Do It?": Characteristics Of Successful Teachers Of African American Students, Chloe C. Miksovic

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In the United States, there is a substantial gap in achievement and opportunity between African American and White students. For my Honors Thesis project, I seek to identify the characteristics of teachers who are successful with African American students. Using culturally relevant pedagogy as the analytical framework, five teachers were interviewed and observed in order to identify their backgrounds and valuable practices in the classroom. These teachers develop positive relationships with their students, yield high academic achievement in their classrooms, and establish good reputations among African American parents and community members. Through my research, I hope to improve teachers’ practices ...