ERIC Number: ED341648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Considerations in Teaching Culturally Diverse Children. ERIC Digest.
Recent projections estimate that minorities, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asians, will comprise one-third of the U.S. population. Currently, the majority of prospective teachers are White females, a situation which stands in sharp contrast to the backgrounds of the students they will teach. This digest examines considerations within preservice teacher education programs to address this challenge. Researchers have recommended that the following be included in the teacher education curriculum: (1) at least one course in multicultural education that takes into consideration the needs of all students; (2) information about the history and culture of students from a wide range of ethnic, racial, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds; (3) integration of content about the contributions made by various groups; (4) information about first and second language acquisition and effective teaching practices for working with students from limited English proficient backgrounds; and (5) field experiences and student teaching opportunities with students from varying backgrounds. (LL)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, Washington, DC.