ERIC Number: EJ1140264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Methods That Matter in Addressing Cultural Diversity with Teacher Candidates
Acquah, Emmanuel O.; Commins, Nancy L.
Teaching in Higher Education, v22 n5 p501-518 2017
Drawing on a combination of prior experience, theoretical stance, and intuition, along with pedagogical practices identified to be effective in addressing diversity with teacher candidates, a model for teaching multicultural education to teacher candidates was designed. This study examined how particular elements of this model were effective in developing teacher candidate's cultural competence. The results indicate that teacher candidates gained substantial knowledge about and experiences with issues of diversity by the end of the course. Participants pointed to the multiple methods employed in the class; in particular the interactive strategies, group work, diverse cultural experiences, and opportunities to critically reflect on these experiences as accounting for their gains. Their sense of ownership and understanding has given them the ability to use these strategies in their own future work. Implications for research and teacher education are discussed.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Multicultural Education, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Pretests Posttests, Questionnaires, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Student Attitudes, Measures (Individuals), Teaching Methods, Reflection, Interaction, Student Exchange Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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