ERIC Number: ED473253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Sociocultural Issues in Education: Implications for Teachers.
Young, Barbara Newman
Exclusion, hatred, and injustice have caused much pain in U.S. society. Teacher educators are faced with a formidable challenge as they strive to present equality of opportunity through education. In order to meet the needs of a diverse student population, teachers must be able to recognize, understand, and celebrate differences. Incorporating the elements of action research, this study examined multiple forms of data gathered from primarily Caucasian practicing teachers enrolled in a Master's level multicultural education course that explored sociocultural topics, issues, and trends. Data included meta-comment papers, audio recordings of classroom discussion sessions, and reflective and interactive meta-comment journal entries recorded by the practicing teachers with regard to readings, topics, issues, and trends. Findings from the study were utilized to inform and/or improve current practices within participants' classrooms, to assist them in better meeting the needs of their own diverse student populations, and to inform and/or improve current practices within the Master's level multicultural education course itself. Two appendixes present student essays entitled "Reflections from the Ivory Tower" and "Reflections from a WASP." (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (55th, New Orleans, LA, January 24-27, 2003).