ERIC Number: ED505986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
Becoming Culturally Responsive Teachers in Today's Diverse Classroom
Mitchell, Laura A.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting (Annual, San Diego, CA, July 2009)
In an invitational learning environment (Purkey, 1991; Schmidt, 2004), 7 teachers began the process of identifying their cultural identity and perspectives, naming ways that they used their cultural identity with their culturally diverse students, and discovering culturally responsive teaching pedagogies that they could use in their classrooms. In a 6-hour workshop, participants explored their beliefs about teaching culturally diverse students. They were able to label their values and beliefs. When the participants began the conversations about their own cultural identity, they found empathy for those who were different from them. The participants completed the Multicultural Teacher Efficacy Scale (MES) (Guyton & Wesche, 2005), the Teacher Efficacy Scale (TES) (Gibson & Dembo, 1984), and the Multicultural Dispositions Index (MDI) (Thompson, 2007) before the workshop and 3 months later. The participants completed open-ended interviews 3 months after the workshop. Themes that emerged from the study were in the areas of increasing cultural awareness, teaching strategies in culturally diverse environments, developing multicultural competence, growing personal and general teaching efficacy, and creating multicultural awareness. Recommendations for practice include engaging teachers in cultural conversations with time to reflect about their learning. Teachers can increase their learning when they have opportunities to attend a workshop for 1 day and then return to their classrooms so they can practice what they are learning. By reflecting about their own cultural identity, the participants were able to recognize the possibilities of what can be in others. They became culturally responsive teachers who wanted to make a difference in the lives of their students.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Teacher Efficacy Scale