ERIC Number: EJ704658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-22
Reference Count: 44
Authentic Learning: Intercultural, International, and Intergenerational Experiences in Elementary Classrooms
Mbugua, Tata; Wadas, Jean; Casey, Mary Ann; Finnerty, Jessica
Childhood Education, v80 n5 p237 Sum 2004
Recent education literature underscores the need to prepare teachers who are culturally sensitive and responsive in order to work in the diverse classrooms of the 21st century. Changing demographics and increasing immigration are bringing a new complexity to the cultural diversity within regions and local communities. A school-university collaborative partnership was established in northeast Pennsylvania, in response to numerous requests from experienced teachers for cross-cultural presentations in their classrooms, and to better prepare preservice teachers to meet the challenges of diverse classrooms. The partnership as described here highlights the unique ways by which three elementary school teachers (from two schools) and a university professor responded to emerging needs in their respective classrooms. The two schools participating in the partnership have very different student populations, in terms of socioeconomic status and cultural backgrounds. School X is a relatively homogeneous accelerated school where students come primarily from white middle-class families. The school building is relatively new, with ample resources for students and teachers. School Z's students come from diverse backgrounds; many are of minority background or are recent immigrants from homes where English is a second language (ESL). The building has an open-classroom format, with no walls dividing the classes, and is relatively old compared to School. This article describes this partnership.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Elementary School Teachers, Immigrants, Student Diversity, College School Cooperation, Teacher Education, Partnerships in Education, English (Second Language), Cultural Awareness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania