ERIC Number: ED429947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-23
Teacher Thinking and Student Diversity.
This review investigated the available literature on diversity and its relationship to teacher thinking. The literature review produced 36 studies, from which five categories emerged: beliefs teachers hold about student diversity and student performance; effective teaching in diverse settings; the impact of teacher experience on teacher cognition and practice; the impact of context variables on teachers' responsiveness to diversity; and the impact of preservice education on teachers' beliefs and practices. The paper discusses each of the five categories in detail and closes with a discussion of the implication for theory and practice. Implications from the review suggest that teachers come with distinct beliefs and conceptualizations about diversity. These beliefs influence what teachers know, and the environment in which they work contributes to the implementation of classroom curriculum and policy. Principals can influence teachers' self-efficacy, commitment, and collegiality and be catalysts for change. These factors can contribute to an inclusive school environment that promotes diversity. Educational reform that addresses the needs of diverse students must examine what teachers know and the environment in which they work. (Contains 48 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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