ERIC Number: ED275651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Enhancing the Educational Process for Teachers.
Wieseman, Robert A.; Portis, Sarah C.
Teacher education programs at Auburn University at Montgomery (Alabama) provide courses on multicultural education and personal relationship skills to develop in their students an understanding and sensitivity to ethnic bias and stereotyping in dealing with a culturally diverse classroom. The undergraduate component of the course acquaints students with the diverse populations in American society, the prejudices against these groups and the racial and ethnic stereotypes that permeate our society. The graduate component offers three courses on education in culturally diverse environments, curriculum in multicultural environments, and methods of teaching in multicultural environments. The personal relationships skills components focus upon developing a positive self-concept, and personal interactions in the classroom at the undergraduate level. An elective course at the graduate level stresses conceptual and practical familiarity with specific approaches and techniques designed to enhance the total development of school children. An evaluation of the effectiveness of these courses indicated that they are having an impact on the ethnic attitudes of perspective teachers. (JD)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Stereotypes, Higher Education, Interpersonal Competence, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Social Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Atlanta, GA, February 22-26, 1986).