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ERIC Number: EJ800237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1937-0814
Negotiating Differences: Early Field Experiences in a Diverse Middle School
Howell, Penny B.; Arrington, Jane
Middle Grades Research Journal, v3 n1 p35-63 Spr 2008
Institutions of teacher education face a challenge of preparing teachers with the capacity to provide high-quality instruction to the increasingly diverse student populations in our nation's schools. In an effort to better prepare a our middle level preservice students to teach in diverse settings, we engaged in a case study of one group of students enrolled in two general pedagogy courses in our middle school teacher preparation program. Analyzing course assignments and interview data through a critical lens, we explored both the change and lack of change in our students' understanding of diversity over the course of one semester. We also describe the factors we believe contributed to the changes and lack thereof and how these findings inform our practice as teacher educators. (Contains 1 table.)
Institute for School Improvement, Missouri State University. 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65897. Tel: 417-836-8854; Fax: 417-836-8881; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A