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ERIC Number: ED547691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 230
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-7166-6
Exploring Preservice Teachers' Perspectives about Human Diversity: Experiences in Multicultural Education Courses
Ndemanu, Michael Takafor
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University
The fact that inner city schools have not been effective in educating culturally, linguistically and economically different (CLED) students has led to the creation of multicultural education courses in teacher education programs across the nation. These courses have been created with the hope that preservice teachers (PSTs) who take one or more of them will not only be sensitive to a variety of human diversity issues, but will also use their knowledge of the course(s) to design culturally responsive lessons to the benefit of all learners. This study, therefore, explores the ways in which elementary and secondary PSTs interpret and come to understand a variety of issues related to human diversity in education upon taking a multicultural education course, "Education for a Pluralistic Society (EPS)", at a large Midwestern university. This study is important because even though the U.S student population is becoming increasingly culturally, linguistically and economically diverse, the teaching force remains predominantly white females, who are, most often, monolingual and of middle/upper middle class backgrounds. Thus, a need exists to prepare them for the diverse student population that they will be teaching upon completion of their teacher's certification requirements. In order to try to understand the ways in which the elementary and secondary PSTs interpreted the ideas presented and discussed in EPS, three sections of the course were regularly observed for an entire semester; three instructors were interviewed; three focus groups were held; and documents related to the course were explored. A total of 14 PSTs were involved in the study. Despite their unanimous disagreement on the course structure, they all thought EPS was "eye-opening" and should remain required for future teachers. This study generates implications for the reorganization of courses pertaining to multicultural teacher education and, most importantly, the need to balance theory with practice. [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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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