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ERIC Number: ED419781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 24
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Changing Teacher Candidates' Beliefs About Diversity.
Winitzky, Nancy; Barlow, Linda
This study investigated how preservice teacher education program experiences and student life experiences related to positive changes in teacher candidates' attitudes toward student diversity. Five preservice teachers at the University of Utah completed interviews during their final term in the program. Each 45-minute interview discussed candidates' views on teaching diverse learners both prior to and at the end of their professional education program, focusing on program and personal variables that might account for attitude change. Researchers coded participant comments into several categories. Results indicated that participants believed they had no understanding of teaching diverse students upon program entrance, but their attitudes shifted markedly by the end of the program. Most had made a firm commitment to several multicultural education practices. Shared personal characteristics of belief changers included: an openness to learning and to new ideas; proactive behavior to learn about diversity; high empathy for minority students; and significant caring about social justice. Changers tended to seek out experiences with diverse cultures. They believed that a multiculturalism class they completed helped raise their awareness about diversity. Several believed that the field component was important in their learning about diversity. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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