Success Stories in Urban Education: A Critical Look at the Ethic of Care in Programs, Projects, and Strategies that Work from the Classroom to Community

  • Tryphenia B. Peele-Eady
  • Na'ilah Suad Nasir
  • Valerie Ooka Pang
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 19)

Although ambiguously complex and broad in scope, urban education is of central concern to educational researchers, practitioners, and reformists alike. As urban school students increasingly rank among the lowest in overall academic performance, it is not surprising that researchers from various fields (i.e., economists, sociologists, psychologists, and educational anthropologists) have long studied programs and practices in urban contexts to better understand and improve overall outcomes for urban youth (Darling-Hammond, 1997; Estrada et al., 2000; Gay, 2000; McLaughlin, Irby, & Langman, 1994; Quinn, 1997). As a result, many studies have contributed to discussions about what efforts work most effectively in urban contexts and more important, how educators can implement these efforts effectively into schools and classroom instruction at every grade level (Eccles & Gootman, 2002; Ferguson, 2002; Foster, Lewis, & Onafowora, 2005; Mehan, Villanueva, Hubbard, & Lintz, 1996).

In this chapter we discuss models of effective instruction for students in urban contexts, drawing on characteristics that underlie successful instruction. Specifically, we highlight the ways that such programs embody an “ethic of care,” (Noddings, 1984) and thus provide students with positive opportunities, viable human and material resources to succeed, and a safe place to learn.


Urban School Positive Youth Development School Connectedness Urban Youth Urban Education 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tryphenia B. Peele-Eady
    • 1
  • Na'ilah Suad Nasir
    • 2
  • Valerie Ooka Pang
    • 3
  1. 1.University of New MexicoU.S.A.
  2. 2.Stanford UniversityU.S.A.
  3. 3.San Diego State UniversityU.S.A.

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