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    Embedded, Emboldened, and (Net)Working for Change

    Support-Seeking and Teacher Agency in Urban, High-Needs Schools

    Lauren Anderson
    In this article, Lauren Anderson takes an inductive approach to the study of teacher agency, specifically considering who supports teachers, and how, in their efforts to advance equity in urban, high-needs schools. Drawing from a larger research project, Anderson focuses on a multiyear case study of one early-career teacher and incorporates social network and ethnographic methods to investigate relationships among the teacher’s support network, her participation in school change efforts, and her career decisionmaking. In doing so, Anderson addresses the potential for network diversity, particularly the presence of supportive school-based and beyond-school ties, to serve as resources for school change, teacher retention, and the construction of school-community social capital.

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    Lauren Anderson is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Her research interests include the preparation of teachers for urban, high-needs schools, teacher learning and leadership, and the application of social net-work and qualitative methods to the study of educators’ work and careers. Her current research projects focus on the socialization and sense-making of new principals in urban schools and explore the relationship between preservice teacher preparation, particularly field-based experiences, and in-service teacher practice. Prior to her recent faculty ap-pointment, Anderson served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy.
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    Winter 2010 Issue


    A Celebratory Pause—The 80th Anniversary of the Harvard Educational Review
    Legacy and Vision
    HER Editorial Board 2010–2011
    Learning to Laugh
    A Portrait of Risk and Resilience in Early Childhood
    Travis Wright
    White Institutional Presence
    The Impact of Whiteness on Campus Climate
    Diane Lynn Gusa
    Unseen Workers in the Academic Factory
    Perceptions of Neoracism Among International Postdocs in the United States and the United Kingdom
    Brendan Cantwell and Jenny J. Lee
    “Education Is All About Opportunities, Isn’t It?”
    A Biographical Perspective on Learning and Teaching English in Sri Lanka
    David Hayes
    Embedded, Emboldened, and (Net)Working for Change
    Support-Seeking and Teacher Agency in Urban, High-Needs Schools
    Lauren Anderson

    Book Notes

    Waiting for “Superman”
    Davis Guggenheim (Director)

    Saving Schools
    Paul E. Peterson

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