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ERIC Number: EJ917618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Preservice Teachers' Understanding of Culture and Diversity: Comparing Two Models of Teacher Education
Catapano, Susan; Slapac, Alina
Teacher Education and Practice, v23 n4 p426-443 Fall 2010
Faculty members from a Midwestern university elected to compare two models of teacher preparation to determine if there was a difference in their ability to meet the needs of diverse learners. One model, located in professional development schools in the local urban school district, included awareness activities, discussions, and field experiences that placed preservice teachers in a setting that required them to teach diverse learners. The other model, located in a suburban school district, did not include any specific activities or experiences working with diverse learners. Both models required preservice teachers to produce portfolios that reflected on their experiences and that included work samples to demonstrate knowledge and understanding as a teacher. A pilot study was conducted with a random selection of 20 portfolios from each group to answer the research question--namely, that there is a significant difference between the two groups when asked to consider the cultural diversity of their learners. There was no difference in the two groups when they considered the ability of their learners. Furthermore, all 40 preservice teachers did not reflect or discuss seeking additional support services for their struggling learners. Findings informed faculty on the need to provide preservice teachers with specific coursework, assignments, and field experiences working with children who are culturally diverse and have differences in abilities. (Contains 3 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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