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ERIC Number: EJ1098168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1083-6470
Examining the Impact of Place on the Cultural Competence of Preservice Teachers
Casciola, Vanessa
Journal of Research in Education, v24 n2 p79-89 Fall-Win 2014
This study examined the significance of place, a Title One elementary school, on the preservice teachers' (PSTs) abilities to make theory to practice connections using culturally responsive teaching. I investigated how PSTs used theoretical knowledge of culture taught in coursework and emerging knowledge of community context to plan and execute lessons. The participants, five PSTs, were in their first field experience in a Title One elementary school. These PSTs conducted inquiries into the surrounding community and the classroom The PSTs were strongly encouraged to use the information they gained in these inquiries when teaching. Data collection included two formal lesson plans, a KLEW (Know, Learned, Evidence, Wondering) chart, and a reflection on the inquiry into the community. From this data, I found PSTs made changes to their teaching, rethought assumptions about the community, and recognized the importance of using multicultural literature.
Eastern Educational Research Association. George Watson, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, College of Education and Professional Development, Huntington, WV 25755. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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