ERIC Number: ED448149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Preservice Teachers and Teacher Educators: Are They Sensitive about Cultural Diversity Issues.
Taylor, Pamela A.
This study assessed the beliefs about and sensitivity toward cultural diversity issues of teacher educators and preservice teachers. A group of 78 predominantly white preservice teachers and 45 predominantly white teacher educators completed the Beliefs About Diversity Scale, which assessed beliefs about race, gender, social class, ability, language/immigration, sexual orientation, and multicultural education. Results indicate that preservice teachers scored at culturally sensitive levels for all subgroup areas except sexual orientation. Teacher educators scored at culturally sensitive levels for all subgroup areas. Both groups were positively sensitive in their overall beliefs about diversity, though with statistically significant differences. Teachers educators scored higher than preservice teachers in all subgroups, but they scored higher with statistical significance in the areas of social class, language/ immigration, and sexual orientation. The diversity issues subgroup with the highest mean sensitivity level for preservice teachers and teacher educators was race. Preservice teachers scored lowest for issues related to sexual orientation. Teacher educators scored lowest for issues related to language/immigration. (Contains 53 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Literacy, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Immigration, Language, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Racial Attitudes, Racial Differences, Sexuality, Social Class, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Teacher Educators, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Orlando, FL, February 13-16, 2000).