ERIC Number: ED528453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-11
Abstractor: As Provided
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Who Are Today's Students in a Diverse Society
Costley, Kevin C.
Student diversity is a major topic in education today. Diversity will not be going away any time soon. Even over thirty years ago, educators were beginning to discuss the subject of diversity and multiculturalism. In fact, during the 1970s and 1980s, the word, "diversity" was seldom used at all. The term "multiculturalism" was at the forefront of the scene. Although the world was diverse during those earlier decades, many educators did not seem to recognize the importance of "multiculturalism" and "diversity." In those decades and later with the enactment of No Child Left Behind, classrooms have become much more diverse. Due to diversity, teachers have had to change their methods of teaching considerably to meet the needs of all learners. During the last decade of an increasing population of Hispanics and other immigrants from various parts of the world moving to the United States, teachers are now realizing how diverse their classrooms are now becoming. Old lesson plans that once worked well for students' learning are now discarded, with new lesson plans accommodating the needs of the diverse student population. In the 50s and 60s, the population was not as diverse. Teaching was most likely less challenging then it is today. This article covers several areas of diversity, including race, ethnicity, culture, children's strengths and weakness, individual student's preferences, and likes and dislikes, poverty settings in today's classroom, and the need for accessing prior knowledge before teaching lessons. Diversity today should not be seen as a problem to be dealt with; it should be a welcomed challenge. Only through challenges do teachers become better teachers.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001