ERIC Number: ED405337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Cultural Moments: A Teaching Strategy for Preparing Teachers for Cultural Diversity.
Rodriguez, Yvonne E.; Sjostrom, Barbara R.
Students in the Elementary Teacher Education Program at Rowan College (New Jersey) are predominately White and have had little previous contact with minority communities. Reflective classroom activities have been developed to facilitate critical reflection on teaching for diversity and to raise consciousness regarding educational equity. In one such exercise, the "cultural moment," students are asked for reflection about a personal experience of being in a minority status and about an experience that was bicultural, cross-cultural, or intercultural and then to respond to questions about their feelings in these situations, their understanding of the norms and roles of the group, and their own belief system and how it differed from that of the group. Field observations were made of teacher candidates in their student teaching placements (10 in urban schools and 10 in suburban or rural schools) using the Praxis III: Performance Assessment for Beginning Teachers and a pre- and post-observation interview. The education students were found to have experienced many cross-cultural situations in their own lives. Drawing on these, the cultural moments teaching strategy provided a common base for classroom discussions and helped the teacher candidates to recognize and accept individual and group differences. (JLS)
Descriptors: Clinical Supervision (of Teachers), Consciousness Raising, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Literacy, Cultural Pluralism, Education Courses, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Reflective Teaching, Student Teaching, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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