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ERIC Number: EJ862199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1945-9009
A System-Wide Approach to Culturally Responsive Teacher Preparation: The Value of Intensive Early Program Field Experiences
McCadden, Brian; Rose, Martha
AILACTE Journal, v5 p13-28 Fall 2008
The school-aged population continues to diversify, yet the student body at small liberal arts teacher preparation programs generally does not. To help prepare our socioculturally homogeneous students to teach a more diverse student body, we developed a three-tiered approach that includes a diversity model integrated across the curriculum, an intensive year-long field experience for all sophomores and multiple means of assessment. The objective was to broaden our students' views of diversity and to expand their perspectives on teaching for diversity. Internal and external reviews of our new approach demonstrated that the objective was met. We found that the intensive field experience was the most valuable aspect of the program, with the unintended consequence that the content of subsequent methods classes was improved. We learned that we need to continue to improve in the areas of placement selection, curriculum alignment, performance assessment and guided learning/inquiry. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A