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ERIC Number: ED537979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 216
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-7682-0
A Q-Methodological Study: Examining Teachers' Beliefs, Perceptions, and Attitudes about Cultural Competence
Hobbs, Patricia Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University
The purpose of this study is to investigate how teachers perceive their cultural competence. The overarching research questions are "How do teachers perceive their cultural competence and how does their cultural competency impact their professional work?" Individuals' beliefs have a powerful impact on practice. The aim of this study is to understand the cultural competency of current teachers in a rural district in North Carolina. Moreover, the study aims to ascertain what factors foster or inhibit the development of cultural competency of teachers. We know there is a substantial gap between the performance of white, middle class students as compared to that of minority and low-income students. There is a clear and present need to study and understand issues that may contribute to the amelioration of this achievement gap. This study targets one understudied topic that may in fact help us understand teacher beliefs that may in turn improve teacher and student engagement and thus performance. Using Lindsey and CampbellJones' theoretical framework of Cultural Proficiency and Davis's framework of Teaching Students Who Don't Look Like You, the findings from this study will explore whether teachers' attitudes and practices are indicative of cultural competence or whether they are indicative of cultural destructiveness, culturally incapacity, or cultural blindness. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina