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ERIC Number: ED403553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-20
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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What Does Cultural Identity Have To Do with the Preparation of Teachers? Case Studies of "Culturally-Aware" Teachers.
Hulsebosch, Pat; Koerner, Mari
Adding a multiplicity of voices to the conversation about teaching and learning in schools, this paper presents the life histories of six culturally diverse teachers who have been meeting for over 2 years to discuss the connections to past life experiences and to other teachers. The paper suggests that these life histories (written by the teachers) offer the potential for understanding how their diversity might contribute to teacher-student interactions. The life histories discuss: (1) teachers' decisions to bring their home culture into their teaching; (2) how their experiences have molded their identity; (3) racism and sexism in the classroom; and (4) struggling to prevent the culture of non-white children from being overlooked, downplayed, and misunderstood. The paper concludes that developing instructional programs that incorporate the life experiences, language, and skills that students bring with them into the classroom improves students' academic performance and provides students with the skills and strategies they need to succeed in the broader society. (Contains 10 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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