ERIC Number: ED308161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-29
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Preservice Multicultural Teacher Education: Predictors of Student Readiness.
Bennett, Christine; And Others
This paper reports the latest in a series of studies on the impact of a multicultural education course for preservice teachers. The course is based on a conceptual model of multicultural teacher education that includes four interactive goals: (1) to develop multiple historical perspectives and cultural consciousness; (2) to develop intercultural competence; (3) to combat racism, prejudice, and discrimination; and (4) to develop multicultural teaching skills. Previous research on the course had established that overall, the course had a positive impact on students' knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, but it also revealed that students enrolled in the course differed dramatically in their readiness and receptivity for multicultural education. While many students appeared to feel positive and receptive to the course content and experience, others seemed to be highly resistant. Since cognitive structures can affect ways students receive and process course information aimed at building multicultural knowledge and understanding, a measure of cognitive development was added to the study, and possible relationships between preservice teachers' cognitive development level and the impact of the course were explored. Twenty-six references and 10 tables are attached. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).