ERIC Number: ED438279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb-14
Teaching Preservice Teachers To Incorporate the World Wide Web To Promote Respect of Cultural Diversity.
Frey, Joanne M.
This paper describes how preservice teachers at one university are introduced to computer technology in a nonthreatening manner and how they learn to use the World Wide Web to promote cultural pluralism. Students are introduced to computer technology (e.g., word processing, e-mail, and database searching); then they learn how to harness the power of the World Wide Web (WWW) in order to gather information about any topic and actively engage their students with current resources. Students learn to use the WWW to gather information globally to develop an integrated or interdisciplinary thematic unit. Development of the unit will help students learn about the contributions of other cultures, understand other cultures while developing Internet skills, and develop cooperative groups. The unit is also meant to foster pride in ethnicity. It is hoped that the preservice teachers' newly acquired cultural awareness and knowledge will help increase their respect for the diverse student populations which they will eventually be teaching. A pre- and post-test of cultural knowledge will be conducted to determine changes in student awareness. The paper lists web sites that have helped in this consciousness raising process. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Consciousness Raising, Cooperative Learning, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Student), Elementary Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (80th, Orlando, FL, February 12-16, 2000).