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ERIC Number: EJ1105086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Reference Count: 53
Autobiographies in Preservice Teacher Education: A Snapshot Tool for Building a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Gunn, AnnMarie Alberton; Bennett, Susan V.; Evans, Linda Shuford; Peterson, Barbara J.; Welsh, James L.
International Journal of Multicultural Education, v15 n1 2013
Many scholars have made the call for teacher educators to provide experiences that can lead preservice teachers to embrace a culturally responsive pedagogy. We investigated the use of brief autobiographies during an internship as a tool (a) for preservice teachers to examine their multidimensional culture; and (b) for teacher educators to assess preservice teachers' developing understandings about cultural responsive pedagogy and then further design curriculum to enhance these understandings. Using qualitative methods, we analyzed the preservice teachers' (N = 24) autobiographies and an interview with the professor of this course. Based on the findings of this study, we suggest teacher educators need to develop experiences and opportunities that will enable preservice teachers to reflect on how culture impacts teaching and learning behaviors. Therefore, preservice teachers will be better prepared to teach all students.
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Internship Programs, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Design, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, Semi Structured Interviews, Teacher Educators, Reflective Teaching, Cultural Awareness, Transformative Learning, Learning Theories, Writing (Composition), Course Content, Case Studies, College Students, Seminars, Data Analysis, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Diversity, Career Choice, Reflection, Outcomes of Education, Educational Benefits, Prior Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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