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ERIC Number: ED446078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Incorporating Concerns for Diversity and Social Justice in Admissions Decisions.
Jacobowitz, Tina; DeLorenzo, Lisa; Adirim, Marcia
An increasingly important element in the mission of the teacher education program at New Jersey's Montclair State University is preparing candidates for educating students to become engaged citizens who will work actively toward improving social and political democracy and be comfortable teaching diverse students. It is expected that effective teachers will understand the moral dimensions of teaching, be committed to enculturating students into a social and political democracy, think critically, and possess pedagogical skills and content knowledge to provide their students with access to knowledge. The school's admissions program was reconceptualized to seek and select students with predispositions congruent with program beliefs. The first step was creating the Portrait of a Teacher, which presents characteristics of teachers the school hopes to develop. Next, an admission evaluation scale was designed using criteria related directly to ideals depicted in the Portrait. The school believes that rather than being subjective and lowering standards, it is questioning current standards and admissions processes. The paper describes admission into the school's music education program to illustrate the interview process, using a composite profile of students who have been interviewed in recent years. It explains that this admissions process is a selecting-in versus screening-out process. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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