ERIC Number: ED477737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Educators' Preparation for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: A Call to Action.
Brisk, Maria Estela; Barnhardt, Ray; Herrera, Socorro; Rochon, Ronald
This policy paper provides information about issues surrounding the education of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student populations, noting that preparing non-English speakers to survive in English-dominant schools and society is more complex than current policy debates would suggest. The paper stresses the need for teachers who can deliver classroom practice that respects the language and culture of the child and effective, accommodative instruction that results in literacy and academic success for second language learners. It also discusses the context that distinctly favors the assimilation of CLD students, with little thought to their rich cultural heritage or the language knowledge they bring to the classroom. The paper suggests that at the policy level, this sociopolitical context poses a challenge for future support and development, and at the level of praxis, this context threatens efforts to better prepare school educators for the differential learning and transition needs of CLD students. The paper focuses on: terminology of the arena; demographics and the achievement gap; preparation of public school teachers and administrators; the legal context of teacher preparation for diversity; challenges for the field of education; implications of these challenges; and a call to action. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Differences, Culturally Relevant Education, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Legal Responsibility, Limited English Speaking, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Public Schools, Teacher Competencies
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.