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ERIC Number: EJ1034652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1547-1888
"First, Do No Harm": Purposeful Preparation of Culturally Competent Educators
McHatton, Patricia Alvarez; Smith, Michael; Brown, Karen Harris; Curtis, Jessica
Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, v13 n2 p19-31 Apr 2013
The reality that American public schools are not meeting the needs of all students and the increasing incongruity between student and teacher demographics demand increased efforts to prepare teacher candidates to work with students who are ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse. Teacher preparation programs are charged with this work and have responded by addressing diversity through multiple methods (e.g., discrete courses, infused content, and culturally and linguistically diverse field experiences). These efforts are commendable but may approach cultural competency from a one size fits all perspective. This pilot study explores the possibilities for purposeful preparation of culturally competent educators through a developmental approach allowing for differentiated experiences leading to higher levels of intercultural sensitivity. The rationale for use of a developmental approach and corresponding assessment tool is provided along with pre-and post-assessment results from one student cohort. Implications for teacher preparation and recommendations for future research are also presented.
Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, Council for Exceptional Children. 1110 North Glebe Road Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201. Tel: 888-232-7733; Fax: 703-264-9494; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A