ERIC Number: ED370917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pre-Service Students' Perspectives to "Dilemmas" in a Multicultural Education Course. Draft.
Chavez, Rudolpho Chavez; And Others
The teacher education program at New Mexico State University requires all undergraduate preservice teachers to enroll in a multicultural education course. This study was conducted to assess students' ideas, beliefs, and attitudes about multicultural issues, and to determine how the course may affect their view of the world. Two newspaper articles of national import were chosen to serve as "dilemmas." The first article described the protest by a group of Native Americans against the Atlanta Braves' fans use of the "tomahawk chop"; the second dilemma concerned the use of Indian symbols by athletic teams. At the beginning of the semester, participants (N=65) were presented with the first dilemma and asked to write their reactions, thoughts, and opinions. At the end of the semester, students were asked to perform the same task with the second dilemma. Data analysis revealed that a majority of students entered the course with a linear perspective of the world; that their attitudes and beliefs largely reflected the racial status quo; and for the most part, that the course had little effect on students' developing perspectives. It was concluded that to construct more socially and culturally sensitive perceptions, educational strategies are needed to confront three knowledge domains: the personal, the historical, and the ideological and cultural. Copies of the newspaper articles are appended. (Contains 45 references.) (LL)
Descriptors: American Indians, Attitude Change, Attitude Measures, Course Evaluation, Course Objectives, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Education Courses, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Stereotypes, Feature Stories, Higher Education, Mass Media Effects, Multicultural Education, Newspapers, Preservice Teacher Education, Racial Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Teacher Educators
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).