Getting Beneath the Surface: Experiences and Challenges of First-Year Teachers Working to Become Warm Demanders

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Ross, Dorene D.; Hambacher, Elyse; Bondy, Elizabeth; Caron, Deborah Alvarez; Clawson, Jessica
American Educational Research Association
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This qualitative study examined the contrasting experiences of two first-year teachers as they worked to become warm demanders in a low-income, predominantly African American school setting. Drawing on interviews, videos, and use of an observation tool, we examine teachers’ definitions of a warm demander, how their teaching practices reflected their beliefs, and the challenges they experienced as they worked to become warm demanders. The authors draw conclusions intended to enhance teacher preparation for high poverty, predominately minority settings.