ERIC Number: ED378134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
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Enhancing the Diversity of the Pool of Teachers.
Brown, James; Harris, Whitney G.
The McNeese State University-LaGrange High School Teacher Recruitment Project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, seeks to increase the number of minorities enrolled in the university's teacher education program, with special emphasis on recruiting males of color. In Louisiana, students of color comprise 43 percent of public school enrollment while faculty and staff comprise 5.2 percent, and the number of students of color seeking admission to teacher education programs is decreasing. To encourage students of color to enroll in teacher education, the project offers education courses, with college and high school credit, to qualified seniors at LaGrange High School. The two courses are taught by an African-American high school teacher with the assistance of university professors. The courses, "Introduction to Education" and "Seminar for Teachers' Aides" include classroom instruction, field trips, speakers, and field experiences. The project also aims to increase students' awareness of the teaching profession, the social and community role of education, and the role that education plays in national and global development. Program evaluation data indicate that completion of the two courses increased participants' awareness of the teaching profession, and 22 percent of the students from the first class stated that their career goal was to become a teacher. (Contains 13 references.) (JDD)
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