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ERIC Number: EJ1165565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2053-535X
Effects of a Multicultural Perspectives Course on Teacher Candidates' Intercultural Competence
Xu, Yaoying; Hao, Chenfang; Huennekens, Mary Ellen
Journal for Multicultural Education, v10 n1 p72-86 2016
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the intercultural competence of pre-service special education teacher candidates through the contents of a graduate-level multicultural perspectives course. Design/methodology/approach: This study used a graduate-level multicultural perspectives course to examine the intercultural competence of special education teacher candidates. A paired-samples t-test of significance was performed to investigate the pre- and post-growth of participants's cultural sensitivity using the intercultural development inventory (IDI). Findings: Participants' intercultural sensitivity mean score suggested that their intercultural competence needs to be improved. The results showed no significant difference in the overall mean developmental scores between pre- and post-tests. However, significant differences were found between the pre- and post-test scores in perceived orientation and acceptance cluster. Originality/value: A significantly higher perceived score was identified suggesting that participants might overestimate their level of intercultural sensitivity. Different from the existing literature, this study suggested that gender and education level were significant predictors of post-test developmental scores.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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