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ERIC Number: ED555481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 157
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3034-5640-4
Preparing Teachers for Diverse Learners: Assessing Teacher Candidates' Dispositions
Northington, Vera Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
The National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) recommended teacher preparation programs measure teacher candidates' disposition toward diverse learners. The conduction of the quantitative cross-sectional survey design utilized the Quick Discrimination Index Survey (QDI), a Likert-type tool that used reversed or negatively phrased items to measure aspects related to culture, race, and gender equity. Ninety-seven predominantly White, female teacher candidates enrolled in undergraduate, Masters, alternative routes teacher preparation programs at a Northwest university took the survey. The findings from the three teacher preparation programs revealed no significant differences between the cognitive racial attitudes, affective racial attitudes, cognitive gender attitudes, and teacher candidates' disposition toward diverse learners. An implication of the results suggested that to comply with NCATE's recommendation to measure teacher candidates' disposition toward diverse learners university stakeholders might create a multiple-layered measurement tool, such as triangulation. Triangulation was a process of substantiated evidence from different methods of data collection. University stakeholders could design a measurement tool using a Likert-type scale to assess teacher candidates' disposition toward diverse learners followed by short answer questions related to the factors culture, racial, or gender attitudes measured by the QDI. Other qualitative methods could include laboratory observations, interviews, or journals. [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
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Language: English
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