ERIC Number: ED458201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Teachers for Diversity: A Dilemma of Quality and Quantity. Teaching and California's Future.
Gandara, Patricia; Maxwell-Jolly, Julie
This report explores the absence in educational reform of attention to preparing teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students, focusing on: characteristics of California's existing student and teacher populations; teacher supply and demand and its consequences; the effects of teachers on student performance; preparing mainstream teachers to meet the challenges of diversity; attributes of effective teachers in multicultural settings; practices of effective teachers for diverse learners; unique skills and attributes of effective teachers of English language learners; preparation for teachers of culturally and linguistically diverse students; teacher preparation programs and teacher quality; the role of professional development; bilingual teacher preparation and professional development; and efforts to increase the quality and quantity of California teachers. The report notes the lack of minority group teachers in California schools and concludes that California's teaching force is the product of its own public schools, which have had little success in preparing underrepresented students to go on to college. Recommendations are presented in the areas of pipeline/recruitment, preservice training, faculty development, and research. (Contains 65 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Limited English Speaking, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Influence, Teacher Supply and Demand
The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, 133 Mission Street, Suite 220, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Tel: 831-427-3628; Web site: http://www.cftl.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, Santa Cruz, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California