ERIC Number: ED227052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Genesis of Education That Is Multicultural at AUM.
Wieseman, Robert A.
In response to a federal mandate that Teacher Corps projects include multicultural education as a project goal, a needs assessment was conducted and the results submitted to the faculty of Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama (AUM). It had been found that teachers in the area felt insecure in dealing with racial and ethnic issues in their classrooms and unprepared to deal with the ethnic diversity they encountered in their work. Since the majority of these teachers were former students at AUM, the university's faculty members were under presssure to review and restructure programs to meet new state teacher education guidelines that emphasized teachers' cultural awareness. A new course, Foundations of Multicultural Education, was developed and subsequently required of all education majors. This course included an introduction to the concepts of multicultural education and strategies for teaching these concepts in elementary and secondary schools. It also offered guidance in managing classrooms of culturally different students. The course's goal is to make prospective teachers more aware of the wide diversity of the United States' pluralistic society and to help these education students to handle classroom problems. (JD)
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Note: For related document, see SP 021 438.