ERIC Number: ED430970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Comparing Pre-Service Teachers' Attitudes toward Diversity: Internship and Student Teaching Experiences.
Agnello, Mary Frances; Mittag, Kathleen Cage
This study used qualitative and quantitative methodology to ascertain preservice teachers' attitudes toward multiculturalism and diversity and determine how they viewed their student teaching and internship experiences with respect to issues of diversity. The 46 participating student teachers completed a cultural inventory in the spring of 1998 and then again in the fall of 1998 (after 3 months of student teaching). Students who did not student teach or complete internships were the control group. Students who were student teaching or had internships during the fall of 1998 also completed an open-ended questionnaire. The questionnaire asked about school demographics, student teacher classroom experiences, and views of cultural harmony and disharmony with respect to race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Data analysis indicated that there were no statistically significant changes for the total group or treatment group, though there were more positive gains than losses as indicated by students' responses to questions about their views of cultural diversity, intelligence, and other personal views. Students' views on issues of diversity provided information about their various classroom settings and schools. The data revealed complex issues, greatly disparate teaching environments, and some student awareness of issues of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in teaching. (Contains 32 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, January 21-23, 1999).