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ERIC Number: ED381515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Teachers' Attitudes toward Diversity: A Pilot Study.
Schick, Jo-Anne; Boothe, Diane
This study measured the attitudes and beliefs of teachers in graduate English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) courses regarding cultural diversity, and particularly regarding multicultural education and educational strategies. Subjects were 31 graduate students enrolled in two of the Education courses required for ESL endorsement. All of the subjects were or had been classroom teachers and were taking these courses in order to complete their ESL endorsement requirements. Twenty-six of these students were women and five were men. The majority indicated that they were of European descent, while one student indicated Hispanic heritage and another Asian. Students ranged in age from mid-twenties to over 60 years of age. Students in both classes were administered the questionnaire during the first and the last class sessions. Results indicated that there were not significant differences on either the pre- or the posttest for gender ethnicity, age experience, or class. Analysis for change over the time of the course found that White students showed favorable attitude change. Discussion of the results observes that pretest mean scores were already quite high and that this population was already favorably disposed to teaching language-minority students. It is recommended that future surveys be administered to larger groups of graduate students prior to the final class meeting. For the purpose of the pilot study, these findings establish a framework for future discussion and investigation of issues affecting teacher attitudes. (Contains 15 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Diversity (Student)