ERIC Number: EJ932021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Selected Demographics, Attitudes, and Beliefs about Diversity of Preservice Teachers
Dedeoglu, Hakan; Lamme, Linda L.
Education and Urban Society, v43 n4 p468-485 Jul 2011
In this study, preservice teachers' demographic variables such as race, innercity program experiences, religious affiliation, and cross-cultural friendships are examined to see if they influence the preservice teachers' beliefs on issues of diversity. The data are from a Personal Beliefs About Diversity Scale and a Professional Beliefs About Diversity Scale. Analyses of the data indicate that religious denomination and cross-cultural friendship involvement as demographic variables significantly predicted scores on all the surveys. Another important finding of these analyses is a closing gap between students who had lower scores and higher scores on the presurveys by the end of the course.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Diversity, Measures (Individuals), Student Surveys, Student Teacher Attitudes, Predictor Variables, Student Characteristics, Student Experience, Religious Cultural Groups, Intergroup Relations, Friendship, Beliefs, Ethnic Diversity, Demography, Multicultural Education, Correlation, Racial Attitudes
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