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ERIC Number: EJ817317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Are Tomorrow's Teachers Ready to Deal with Diverse Students? Teacher Candidates' Attitudes toward Gay Men and Lesbians
Wyatt, Tammy Jordan; Oswalt, Sara B.; White, Christopher; Peterson, Fred L.
Teacher Education Quarterly, v35 n2 p171-185 Spr 2008
The purpose of pre-service teacher education programs is to provide future teachers with the necessary skills and tools to be effective educators. In addition to providing students with pedagogical methodologies, these programs should prepare students to work with various and diverse populations and give them the ability to acknowledge and address issues of social and educational inequities within their schools and classrooms. Many pre-service teacher preparation programs address some of these concerns, such as racial and ethnic issues, linguistic diversity and economic status, but few have confronted issues dealing with sexual minorities. The purpose of this study was to conduct an exploratory assessment of pre-service educators' attitudes toward gay men and lesbians. As there are no studies examining teacher candidates' attitudes towards gay men and lesbians, this project fills a gap in the literature. By examining the attitudes of teacher candidates on sexuality issues, teacher preparation programs can better address such issues and thus positively influence future teacher-student interactions. (Contains 4 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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