Learning to Teach in the Park: The York University Regent Park Initiative
The York University pre-service program at Regent Park is a community-situated teacher education program. The Program is based in an urban area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada—an area of new immigrant families, families on social welfare, poverty, and gangs. Our data are drawn from the teaching reflections of two course instructors in the Program, as well as Teacher Candidate reflections of their course experiences. We describe the program, one of the courses made possible by such a program, and ask whether a community focused program such as YURP can exist outside of the particular synergy of York University and the Regent Park community.
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