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ERIC Number: ED392742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Providing Preservice Teachers with Experiences in Multicultural Classrooms.
Machart, Norm; And Others
The minority population in North Dakota is very small, less than five percent. Most of the students at Valley City State University (VCSU) are white and from middle class families; only about eight percent of the student body represent diverse cultures. Public schools in the state also have a low enrollment of minority students. Although these conditions make it difficult to provide preservice teachers field experiences in culturally diverse classrooms, VCSU has a program for preparing teachers for success in multicultural classrooms. The program is divided into two basic parts: The first is designed to help students gain a better understanding and appreciation of the country's cultural heritage; the second part provides field experiences in culturally diverse classrooms. Current components of the multicultural education program include a required course on North Dakota Indians, special courses in Japanese culture and various American Indian cultures, and some multicultural content in astronomy, geology, art, and music courses. Proposals include creation of a university committee to plan a minimum of one seminar each semester devoted to increasing understanding and appreciation of the various cultural groups in the United States, a foreign film program, and videotapes from recent VCSU graduates who teach in culturally diverse classrooms. Current field experiences include placements in culturally diverse elementary schools, and bilingual education and English as a second language classes and programs; a student exchange program with a university in LaPaz, Baja California Sur; and opportunities for preservice teachers to visit an Indian Reservation school to observe differences in culture and the effect of these differences upon teaching and learning. A proposal is being considered that would require every preservice teacher to complete 40 clock hours of work in multicultural classrooms before graduating from the program. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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