ERIC Number: ED330661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Classroom Skills for Effective Minority Teacher Education. Notes. Rough Draft.
Bainer, Deborah L.
This paper seeks to: (1) identify why there are so few minority teacher candidates; (2) identify factors which tend to influence the academic success of minority preservice teachers; (3) identify factors under the control of teacher educators which may increase minority retention; and (4) make recommendations to facilitate change in teacher preparation programs with minority candidates. The following factors are identified: undereducation of minority children and youth in elementary and secondary schools; the increasing use of competency tests at the beginning or end of teacher education programs; inequity in teacher education programs--biased curriculum materials and unbalanced program content; ineffective teaching by university professors; different cultural backgrounds and learning styles; and the need for instruction to be delivered in cross-racial and cross-ethnic settings. Based on an understanding of these factors, recommendations for teacher educators are made. Teacher educators must: learn classroom skills for effective multicultural instruction; work with liberal arts faculty to enhance student achievement; encourage the development of bicultural teaching skills in minority students; assess and address the perceived needs of minority teacher candidates; and develop and display cognitive competencies for multicultural education. (JD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Style, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnicity, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Minority Group Teachers, Multicultural Education, Student Characteristics, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators, Teacher Shortage, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (71st, New Orleans, LA, February 17-21, 1991).