ERIC Number: ED378139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Novice Teachers' Thinking about Pedagogy in Multicultural Classrooms.
Gormley, Kathleen; And Others
Thirty-eight student teachers at a small liberal arts college in northeast New York completed questionnaires requiring them to rank the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with statements about teaching in multicultural classrooms. Results revealed that student teachers approached their teaching methods very flexibly, recognizing that children learn in different ways. However, when questioned as to whether they would change their classroom materials, classroom management, or interactional styles according to children's sociocultural backgrounds, the student teachers were uncertain. They were particularly unsure about questions pertaining to curriculum goals and objectives and language diversity and teaching. Results are interpreted as evidence that teacher education programs need to do much more to help new teachers become "culturally responsive" to children's learning needs. The 30-item questionnaire is appended. (Contains 20 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Cognitive Style, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Questionnaires, Small Colleges, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October 27-28, 1994).