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ERIC Number: EJ1145198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
Influences on Diversity in Teacher Education: Using Literature to Promote Multiple Perspectives and Cultural Relevance
Gibson, Karen M.
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v6 n1 Article 13 Jan 2012
It is not uncommon for students in a teacher education program to bring with them a lack of experience in working with diverse populations. This culturally insular perspective often leaves them ill-prepared to face the highly diverse classrooms they will soon encounter. This study describes a context created for 120 students in an undergraduate Literature for Children course to critically analyze selected literature and participate in varied group discussions in order to better understand the diverse classrooms they will likely face as teachers. This qualitative study examines themes extracted from student journals and discussions in order to show the influence literature can hold in promoting multiple perspectives and cultural relevance.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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