ERIC Number: ED344882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Beliefs and Conceptual Level of Early Childhood Preservice Teachers.
Reiff, Judith C.; Cannella, Gaile S.
This study was conducted to determine: (1) multicultural beliefs of preservice teachers; (2) participants' feelings of confidence for working with and understanding different multicultural groups; (3) differences between students who function at a low or a high conceptual level in multicultural beliefs; and (4) differences between students who function at a low or a high conceptual level in feelings of confidence for working with and understanding different multicultural groups. The Multicultural Beliefs Instrument and the Hunt Conceptual Level Inventory were administered to early childhood student teachers (N=64) prior to their student teaching experience. The group had been exposed to courses with multicultural components, but no separate course was offered. Results, summarized in four tables, indicate that: significant differences exist among students with high or low conceptual levels, multicultural beliefs, and feelings of confidence; students with a higher conceptual level had more positive belief repsponses than did students with lower conceptual levels; and high conceptual level students expressed more confidence in working with and understanding different multicultural groups. Tables display data on students' multicultural beliefs and their feelings of confidence. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conceptual Level; Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (72nd, Orlando, FL, February 15-19, 1992).