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ERIC Number: ED380444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 22
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Multicultural Infusion in Teacher Education: Teacher Educator Voices.
Messner, Kyle Ann
Twenty professors who teach courses required for elementary certification at two state universities in southwestern United States were interviewed regarding the preparation of preservice teachers for diversity in classrooms, using a semistructured interview protocol. Transcripts of the interviews were reviewed, looking for definitions of multiculturalism, approaches to multicultural education, and the referent groups included in definitions. Interview data were also analyzed inductively using open coding. Four assertions emerged from the data: (1) multiculturalism may be included in the curriculum under a different term or through the use of different language; (2) when teacher educators address multiculturalism, the referent groups which they include in their coursework reflect the diversity of the local area; (3) teacher educators address multiculturalism from various levels of involvement; and (4) there appears to be a perception that multiculturalism stands for difference only. Teacher educators' perceptions of multiculturalism were global and reflected a human relations approach to multiculturalism, which includes looking at similarities and differences, getting to know oneself, and addressing stereotypes and prejudices. The interview protocol is appended. (Contains 44 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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