ERIC Number: ED364853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Negotiating a Mandate: Secondary Teachers' Understandings and Implementations of Multicultural Education in the Language Arts.
Tidwell, Deborah L.; Montecinos, Carmen
A study investigated the beliefs and practices of high school language arts teachers regarding mandated multicultural education in the language arts. Subjects, five tenured faculty in the language arts program of a midwestern high school, volunteered to be interviewed and have their classrooms observed while they conducted multicultural instruction. Interviews and videotapes were transcribed and analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) all teachers brought to the study a complex network of knowledge and experience about multicultural education; (2) the teachers held rationales about multicultural/nonsexist policies that agreed with the overall intent of the state mandate; (3) the teachers saw their role in multicultural education as a provider of experiences that would enhance students' understandings of themselves and the world around them; (4) the ways in which teachers presented lessons and discussed teaching were consistent across language arts and multicultural education; and (5) the greatest impact in teachers' understandings of multicultural education was imbedded in their understandings of teaching and learning. (One figure of data is included; 16 references and the state code describing the multicultural/nonsexist education policy are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mandatory Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (43rd, Charleston, SC, December 1-4, 1993).