ERIC Number: ED171637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Skeletons, Boondoggles, and Success: Multicultural Education at the University of Utah.
Rodrigues, Raymond J.
Problems facing multicultural education, implications of these problems for teacher education, and the multicultural teacher education program at the University of Utah are described. Factors operating against multicultural education in Utah include the back to basics movement, the competency movement, the attack on bilingual education, the decline of the economy, major values conflicts, and conflicting interests of various pressure groups. However, the need for multicultural teacher education in Utah is pressing. Because the state is essentially Mormon-dominated and monocultural, non-Mormon students frequently feel isolated. Moreover, teachers are more likely to find themselves teaching large numbers of not only non-Mormon whites but also blacks, Chicanos, Tongans, Vietnamese, Navahos, and Utes. The position at the college of education at the University of Utah is to provide courses to enable teachers to see the realities of a multicultural classroom and to provide them with decision-making skills. The program, which began in 1972, presently employs a director of multicultural education and offers master's programs as well as three undergraduate courses. Secondary education students are required to take at least one of these courses: The Culturally Different Learner, Bilingual and Bicultural Education, and Instructional Strategies in Multicultural Education. Descriptions of each course and proposed cultural awareness competency requirements are included. (KC)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Course Descriptions, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Decision Making Skills, Degree Requirements, Educational Problems, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Descriptions, Religious Cultural Groups, Secondary Education, Social Discrimination, Speeches, Teacher Education, Undergraduate Study, Vietnamese People
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Institute on Multiethnic Studies for Teacher Education (San Francisco, California, April 5l7, 1979)