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ERIC Number: EJ1151003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1838-0689
Who Is in My Classroom? Teachers Preparing to Work with Culturally Diverse Students
Lin, Miranda; Bates, Alan
International Research in Early Childhood Education, v5 n1 p27-42 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine how teachers attempt to understand the various ethnic groups, cultural backgrounds, languages, customs, values, ceremonies and symbols of the children and families in the community in which they teach. Sixty practicing teachers in the Midwestern United States were interviewed to examine their understanding of diversity. Teachers report numerous methods; however, they demonstrate a lack of true understanding of diversity. Teachers reported a reliance on outside sources such as guest speakers and children around the world unit but failed to utilize their colleagues, parents, and their own experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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