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ERIC Number: ED441757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 10
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Infusing Diversity in Teacher Education: A Blossoming Grass Roots Movement in South Mississippi.
Richards, Janet C.
This paper describes a teacher education program at the University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach designed to prepare future teachers for diversity so they can successfully meet the challenges of educating all students in the 21st century. The program provides significant and varied opportunities for education majors to develop appreciation for diversity, cultural pluralism, and social equality through alternative experiences that will help them build meaningful relationships between curriculum and life. Students engage in experiences that familiarize them with diverse cultures in the United States; conduct self-analysis and self-reflection on personal biases; develop an awareness of personal heritage and culture; and cultivate expertise in meeting the needs of all students. This paper describes some of the program's courses, including Foundations of Multicultural Education; Reading and Language Arts Field-Based Methods Courses: A School-Family-University Literacy Project; and Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Individual. It also describes other activities, including the Toy Library and Technology Center, which serve children and youth with disabilities, and the National Dance Institute Residency, where racially and economically diverse students learn from master teachers of dance. Finally, the paper describes program evaluation and lessons learned. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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