ERIC Number: ED335312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Teachers for Multicultural Classrooms: A Case Study in Rural Alaska. Draft.
Noordhoff, Karen; Kleinfeld, Judith
This paper discusses issues involved in teaching culturally diverse students and questions current practices in multicultural teacher education. The central portion of the paper describes and discusses an alternative approach to multicultural teacher education through the Teachers for Alaska program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Teachers for Alaska (TFA) is a fifth-year certification program for secondary teachers which emphasizes preparation for very small high schools in remote Eskimo and Indian villages. Built around the idea that teacher education should help beginning teachers to learn experientially about their students and those students' families, the curriculum of this 10-month program is comprised of 6 tightly integrated blocks. Each block begins and ends with significant experiences in culturally diverse classrooms. An important activity in each block is the discussion of a teaching case study. The final block includes student teaching and a concluding seminar. The paper concludes by exploring ways to improve this specific program and multicultural teacher education in general. Thirty-six references are listed. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alaska; Teachers for Alaska Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).