ERIC Number: ED397027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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Diverse Teacher Candidates' Critiques of Multicultural/Bilingual Teacher Preparation: Insights and Implications.
Barreto, Ramona Maile
This study examined California's new system of bilingual and cross cultural teacher preparation, its implementation, and teacher candidates' reception of it. The new system, referred to as (B)CLAD, consists of two credentials for preservice teachers and two certificates for inservice teachers: the Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development, and the Bilingual Crosscultural Language and Academic Development. The study focused on the introduction of these new standards for teachers of diverse students at a large research university in Southern California; the implementation process; and teacher candidates' and teacher educators' narrative practices, perceptions, and interpretations, using ethnographic case study methods. In-depth interviews with eight preservice teachers in the program indicated that the teacher candidates demonstrated awareness of the program's main focus as articulated by the teacher educators and that potential tension existed between this focus and the opinions of some candidates. The candidates appeared to agree regarding the teacher educators' generally ineffective modeling of the principles and theories they taught in the program. While the faculty's social reconstructionist commitment is one of their greatest strengths, it is also a potential source of weakness as its strong focus on the principles being taught may not encourage self-reflection on pedagogical practices. Limited time was identified as the primary practical constraint to the program, as well as lack of communication among the program's teacher educators. The findings suggested that the program would be strengthened by including and encouraging self-reflection processes for both teacher educators and students. (Contains 53 references.) (ND)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Case Studies, College Students, Constructivism (Learning), Cultural Differences, Education Majors, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Politics of Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators, Teaching Models, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: California; Diversity (Student); Social Constructivism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).