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ERIC Number: EJ781908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Hitting the Ground Running: Why Introductory Teacher Education Courses Should Deal with Multiculturalism
Cruz-Jansen, Marta I.; Taylor, Marilyn
Multicultural Education, v12 n1 p16-23 Fall 2004
This study was conducted to assess and improve an introductory multicultural-designated course in an urban teacher preparation program. The course aimed to promote candidates' positive response to multiculturalism, especially White/Caucasian candidates. Results suggest that this approach effectively laid the foundation for almost all candidates' further growth as multicultural educators. The study suggested that an introductory course combined with field experience and focused on critical issues and self-identity development established an effective basis for career-long learning in multicultural education. Clearly, with increased concerns about student achievement and school effectiveness, particularly cultural and language minorities and low socioeconomic students in urban schools, more research needs to be conducted to ascertain how to best prepare prospective and current teachers to work effectively with students from different backgrounds than their own. (Contains 12 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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