ERIC Number: ED405322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Teaching Student Teachers How To Promote Cultural Awareness in Urban and Suburban Schools.
Nelson, Regena Fails
This study compared ways student teachers in urban and suburban schools learned how to analyze school communities and create curricula that would affirm the diverse cultural backgrounds of their students. Ten student teachers participated in the study, six in an urban cluster site and four in a suburban cluster site. Participants attended a weekly seminar; kept journals in which they documented their practice, observations, and reflections; and developed lessons to teach about other cultures or strategies that addressed the diverse needs of their students. The six students in the urban cluster site all reported that they had a positive experience and increased interest in teaching in an urban school. The suburban cluster site did not provide student teachers much exposure to racial diversity, and the student teachers questioned whether they would be prepared to teach in an urban school. In the urban sites the student teachers focused more on developing strategies that met the needs of their students' different cultural learning styles; in the suburban sites, student teachers developed lessons that focused on teaching about other cultures rather than on learning styles and specific teaching techniques. Overall, student teachers appeared to be more accepting of working with children from other cultures and teaching about other cultures than what has been reported in previous studies on student teachers' views about multiculturalism and diversity. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (49th, Phoenix, AZ, February 26-March 1, 1997).