ERIC Number: EJ1050513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Multicultural Education and Multiliteracies: Exploration and Exposure of Literacy Practices with Preservice Teachers
O'Byrne, W. Ian; Smith, Shane A.
Reading & Writing Quarterly, v31 n2 p168-184 2015
This quasi-experimental, mixed model study explored the use of an instructional approach that provided direct instruction and experiences in multicultural education while empowering preservice teachers to examine their perspectives using a hybrid classroom format. The purpose of the study was to explore preservice teachers' attitudes and dispositions toward the integration of multicultural education and multiliteracies to promote literacy among struggling readers. For the purposes of this study, we defined "multicultural education" as a field of study and an emerging discipline whose major aim is to create educational opportunities for all students, including students who are traditionally disenfranchised, to meaningfully and successfully engage in the education process. The study used a convenience sample of preservice teachers enrolled in a graduate-level educational program at a small private university in the Northeast. Results indicate opportunities for the use of an instructional approach that provides direct instruction and experiences in multicultural education while empowering preservice teachers to examine their perspectives in a hybrid classroom environment.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Multiple Literacies, Quasiexperimental Design, Instructional Innovation, Direct Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Blended Learning, Student Teacher Attitudes, Integrated Curriculum, Integrated Activities, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Beliefs, Graduate Students, Classroom Environment, Culturally Relevant Education, Electronic Learning, Conventional Instruction, Internship Programs, Computer Mediated Communication, Attitude Change, Transcripts (Written Records), Controversial Issues (Course Content), Curriculum Implementation, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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