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ERIC Number: ED495857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Multicultural Education Online for Graduate Teachers: Some Challenges
Hinton, Samuel
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (51st, Baltimore, MD, Feb 25-Mar 1, 2007)
Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to share and discuss some pedagogical challenges experienced in an online multicultural education graduate course for teachers at a regional American university. Methodology. Multicultural education is multidimensional, and this presents instructional challenges and opportunities related to learning goals and outcomes. The procedures followed in designing this course addressed the following issues: The characteristics of the online or distance instructor and learner, a review of selected definitions on multicultural education, and brief discussion of theory. This was followed by a review of course content and activities, and multicultural education. Next are discussions of instructional design, and an efficient online delivery platform. Result. The result was a discussion of an appropriate and realistic online graduate course in multicultural education for experienced teachers. Such a course enabled these teachers to develop a transformative teaching disposition facilitating professional growth, and an attention to the individual and group diversity in their classrooms. The goals were directed to specific performance outcomes creating resources for multicultural teaching such as lesson plans, professional development plans, critical analyses of published research, group projects, and a class portfolio. Conclusion. Anecdotal reviews and reflections of pedagogical challenges related to online teaching and learning contribute to the research literature and broaden the intellectual dialog of instructors and students in relevant disciplines. Recommendations. Further analyses of the content of performance based outcomes such as lesson plans, critiques of research, professional development plans, and course portfolio content are recommended. (Contains 46 endnotes.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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