ERIC Number: EJ785798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Elementary Preservice Teachers for Urban Elementary Science Classrooms: Challenging Cultural Biases toward Diverse Students
Moore, Felicia M.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v19 n1 p85-109 Feb 2008
This study reports the learning of elementary preservice teachers regarding diversity and teaching science in diverse urban elementary classrooms. From participating in a semester-long book club, the preservice teachers reveal their cultural biases, connect and apply their knowledge of diversity, and understand that getting to know their students are important elements for teaching science in diverse classrooms. These 3 things connect in ways that allow the preservice teachers to understand how their cultural biases impede student learning and gain new knowledge of diversity as they change their cultural biases. Implications of this study reveal that preservice teachers need opportunities to reveal, confront, challenge, and change their cultural models and to develop new models for teaching science in urban elementary classrooms.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Urban Schools, Science Instruction, Cultural Pluralism, Attitude Change, Student Diversity, Elementary School Teachers, Clubs, Social Bias, Teacher Influence, Ethnic Stereotypes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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