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ERIC Number: ED403232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-5
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Recruitment, Selection, Occupational Adjustment, Development and Retention of Culturally Diverse Educators: A Mandate for Inclusion in the Academic Professions.
West, P. R.
Building an appreciation and respect for others is an important educational goal in an increasingly global society. Several methods can be used to promote these goals such as cross cultural teacher training and hiring culturally diverse teachers. Cultural competency can help both mainstreamed and culturally diverse students, and role modeling is an effective method to use in teaching students cultural competencies. Thus, obtaining culturally diverse employees should remain a priority until all teachers can be trained to teach from a multicultural perspective. The task of recruiting, selecting, hiring, and retaining culturally diverse educators, however, poses special problems for most personnel offices. Cultural competency among many teachers may be limited by their desire to learn, and their pedagogy affected by whether they value diversity or not. Generally K-12 hiring practices can be classified as: best qualified, affirmative action, or otherwise qualified. All of these are in accord with equal employment opportunities if practiced properly. Through a variety of occupational adjustment, professional development, and intervention strategies, school districts may be able to retain higher percentages of the culturally diverse educators they hire. The situation in the Worthington (Ohio) City Schools illustrates the need for using equalization formulas to protect culturally diverse employees. A chart explaining these formulas is included and "Exemplar Recruitment/Retention Plans for Culturally Diverse Educators in the State of Ohio" is appended as well as copies of news articles. (Contains 20 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio