ERIC Number: ED384609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Multicultural Content Infusion by Student Teachers: Perceptions and Beliefs of Cooperating Teachers.
Vavrus, Michael; Ozcan, Mustafa
Cooperating teachers (N=95) completed a survey on their attitudes toward multicultural content infusion by student teachers. Cooperating teachers appeared to hold some misconceptions regarding multicultural curriculum transformation, and their criteria for evaluating multicultural content activities tended to focus more on their ease of integration into previously designed curriculum plans than on curricular effectiveness and appropriateness. Many also expressed the opinion that there was insufficient time to implement multicultural lessons in public schools, and that multicultural education was low on a long list of curricular priorities. Student teachers were found to lean toward using approaches considered most practical by their cooperating teachers. It is argued that teacher education programs need to provide clear expectations for multicultural content infusion during student teaching, and that teacher educators also need a long-term relationship with cooperating teachers to enable them to fully appreciate the constraints teachers face in trying to change the classroom curriculum. (Contains 38 references.) (PB)
Descriptors: Cooperating Teachers, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Resistance to Change, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).