ERIC Number: ED389672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Multicultural Education's Understanding and Knowledge in Freshman Level Preservice Teachers.
One hundred forty-three Eastern Kentucky University college students majoring in education and enrolled in an introductory education course were surveyed to determine their understanding of and knowledge about multicultural education and to discern the extent to which these students appreciated and valued multicultural education. The study also intended to use this group as a control and compare it with a similar group in 1996, 5 years after the implementation of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA), which was passed in 1990, and to use the group in a pre- and post-study in 1996. KERA recognizes the significance of diversity and includes diversity in the state's learner expectations. At the first class the subjects were asked to give a comprehensive definition of multicultural education by responding to a prompt "Multicultural education is..." These were then scored against the Kentucky State Board of Education's definition. Results suggested that multicultural education was addressed in the subjects' high school curriculum, though perhaps only to a limited degree. Compared to 11 percent of the subjects who did not know anything about multicultural education, 55 percent were aware of cultural differences. Another 4.2 percent had some understanding of multicultural education. Six subjects had benefited from their multicultural education to a degree where they accepted, respected, and valued it. (JB)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Cultural Awareness, Education Majors, Elementary Secondary Education, High Schools, Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Required Courses, Secondary School Curriculum, State Legislation, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Eastern Kentucky University; Kentucky; Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990; Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 8-11, 1994).