ERIC Number: ED355217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Teacher Diversity: Strategies To Increase Minorities in Teacher Education.
Rancifer, Jesse L.
As minority group students in teacher education programs continue to decline, minority group students are increasing in many of America's public schools. This paper reviews the literature related to reasons for declining enrollments of minorities in teacher education programs. Some of the reasons discussed are: the transfer of block grant programs to state control thereby losing a national focus; a dearth of minority teacher role models; reliance on the Pre-Professional Skills Test and the National Teacher Examination for which minority students are poorly prepared; ineffective recruitment techniques in post-secondary education; and low entry level salaries. A strategic implementation plan presents an approach to reverse the problem of a dwindling number of minorities majoring in teacher education, outlining both the role of community level collaboration (church, community, college or university, and public schools) and the role of college or university leadership. Appendixes include tables graphically displaying the following information: first-time entering freshman enrollment in selected universities in Arkansas; freshman enrollment in selected Arkansas colleges by sex and ethnicity, Fall 1991-92; and first-time entering freshman enrollment by public two-year institutions in Arkansas. (Contains 16 references.) (LL)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Black Teachers, Community Role, Diversity (Student), Education Majors, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Literature Reviews, Minority Group Children, Minority Group Teachers, Policy Formation, Role of Education, Student Attitudes, Student Recruitment, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Shortage
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (73rd, Los Angeles, CA, February 13-17, 1993).