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ERIC Number: EJ887172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
What Is Diversity? An Inquiry into Preservice Teacher Beliefs
Silverman, Sarah K.
American Educational Research Journal, v47 n2 p292-329 2010
The term "diversity" seems to carry a wide array of definitions. These definitions can affect the ways teachers understand and employ the term as well as the ways in which they approach sociocultural differences in their classrooms. The current study included a survey of preservice teachers' beliefs about various identities associated with terms such as "diversity" and "multicultural" in order to better understand what is meant by these terms. Each identity was explored within the context of the classroom, including efficacy for multicultural instruction, sense of responsibility for teaching about diverse people, and sense of advocacy for oppressed groups. The findings suggest preservice teachers hold a limited view of what constitutes diversity, which affects their senses of efficacy, responsibility, and advocacy as individuals and as teachers. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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