ERIC Number: EJ914491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Reflections on Diversity--A Personal Journey
Ellison, Vickie R.
Multicultural Perspectives, v13 n1 p42-45 2011
This is a reflection on my life experience as a woman of color. I teach Spanish courses as well as teacher preparation courses. I know what it was like to grow up in a nearly all Black community, then move to one which was almost exclusively White. As an adult looking back on my childhood, I believe that it is especially important that culturally and linguistically diverse teachers are present in schools. As a professor, I see few teachers of color in foreign language courses at the university level as well as the P-12 levels. P-16 institutions boast of being more receptive to culturally and linguistically diverse students. Role models are important for all children. However, there are few positive role models for culturally and linguistically diverse children. If the goal is to get culturally and linguistically diverse children to succeed academically, then positive and diverse role models are needed in U.S. classrooms.
Descriptors: African American Community, Role Models, Student Diversity, Personal Narratives, Minority Groups, Racial Differences, Cultural Influences, College Faculty, Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Mexican Americans, African Americans, Whites, Teacher Attitudes, Consciousness Raising, Cultural Pluralism, Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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