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ERIC Number: ED361823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Mirrors of Difference: Critical Perspectives of Bilingual/ESL and Mainstream Teachers on Pedagogy, Language, and Culture.
Ernst, Gisela; And Others
A study reexamined the role of the classroom teacher in mediating the educational needs and goals of the changing population and explored the role of teacher education programs in providing contexts for the preparation of culturally "relevant teachers." Subjects were 64 mainstream and bilingual/ESL teachers enrolled in 2 multicultural education graduate-level courses at a major state university. Data included analysis of audio and videotapes, interviews, dialogue journals, autobiographies, and other written materials. One characteristic common to both courses involved having a minority instructor working with predominantly majority teachers who in turn were working with minority students in public schools. Preliminary results indicated four important dimensions that characterize the lives and teaching of culturally relevant teachers: (1) the power of life experiences; (2) awareness of their own cultural identity; (3) teachers as learners; and (4) commitment and responsibility for minority students. Findings suggest that the teachers taking such multicultural education courses reflect common attitudes held by the larger society and that many are confrontational and reluctant to take risks. Teacher educators need to acknowledge teachers' and prospective teachers' belief systems, cultural ideologies, and experiences to create a context in which traditional assumptions can be challenged and alternative views explored. (Syllabi for a research in multicultural education course and a multicultural education in a global society course are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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