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ERIC Number: EJ1068200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
From Stranger to Friend: The Effect of Service Learning on Preservice Teachers' Attitudes toward Diverse Populations
Zeller, Nancy; Griffith, Robin; Zhang, Guili; Klenke, J.
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v6 n2 p34-50 2010
Service learning experiences hold the potential to significantly influence participants' view of cultures other than their own. This qualitative study examines how service learning affects preservice teachers' attitudes about working with students from diverse backgrounds. Two groups of preservice teachers enrolled in a reading methods course participated in focus group interviews both at the beginning of the project and at the end. The results revealed that the service learning group (vs. the non-service learning group) changed significantly from the beginning of the project to the end in terms of their attitudes toward students from diverse populations, level of engagement in the focus group interviews, the group synergy, and the quality and level of nuanced responses to key questions about diversity.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Cultural Awareness, Qualitative Research, Reading Instruction, Methods Courses, Focus Groups, Comparative Analysis, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Group Dynamics, Student Diversity, Elementary School Students, At Risk Students, Student Teaching, Attitude Change, Program Effectiveness, Coding, Learner Engagement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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