ERIC Number: ED326597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Embracing Diversity: Teachers' Voices from California's Classrooms.
Olsen, Laurie; Mullen, Nina A.
This document reports on teaching in culturally diverse classrooms from the perspective of mainstream classroom teachers. In-depth interviews with 36 California teachers on the challenges of diverse classrooms elicited their views of a teacher's role, descriptions of curriculum and pedagogy, and stories of the personal development that led to their current approaches to teaching. The interviewees were selected from statewide nominations and varied widely in the grade levels and subjects taught, geographic location, and types of communities in which they worked. The following conditions for creating effective diverse classrooms are reported: (1) supportive leadership; (2) climates of collegiality among teachers; (3) opportunities for interaction and coordination; (4) new curriculum development and materials development; (5) strong support services for students and families; (6) small class sizes; and (7) school structures that promote integration and policies that set a tone of support for diversity. Improving inservice teacher education and disseminating information about professional development opportunities is strongly recommended. Profiles of eight teachers and two special programs, and three graphs of statistical data are included. The following materials are appended: (1) brief descriptions of the teachers interviewed; (2) a discussion of the research methodology; (3) a list of 11 training and development resources; and (4) a glossary. (FMW)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Differences, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Immigrants, Inservice Teacher Education, Interviews, Limited English Speaking, Middle Class Culture, Minority Group Children, State Surveys, Teacher Characteristics
California Tomorrow, Fort Mason Center, Building B, San Francisco, CA 94123 ($16.00; 20% disc. on 10 or more).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: California Tomorrow, Los Angeles.
Note: California Tomorrow Immigrant Students Project. Research Report.