Havens of hope or the killing fields: The paradox of leadership, pedagogy, and relationships in an Urban middle school

Floyd D. Beachum, Audrey M. Dentith, Carlos R. McCray, Tina M. Boyle

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This study focused on the actions and relationships among educators, which promoted an environment of failure or success for African American students. The researchers examined the perspectives of teachers and administrators as related to pedagogy and practice in a Midwestern urban middle school. Specifically, the study employed ethnographic strategies to develop a comprehensive case study. Emergent areas included challenges related to leadership, pedagogy, and relationships within an urban school in an era of heightened accountability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-215
Number of pages27
JournalUrban Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008



  • Leadership
  • Middle schools
  • Pedagogy
  • Relationships
  • Urban education

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