ERIC Number: ED453182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Multicultural Transformations through LATTICE: An Evaluation of a Model of Professional Development for Teachers.
Papanastasiou, Elena C.; Conway, Paul F.
This paper describes a 5-year inservice teacher professional development project to improve teachers' abilities to work in diverse settings, Linking All Types of Teachers with Intercultural Education (LATTICE). LATTICE involved K-12 public school teachers in Michigan and international graduate students and internationally oriented faculty at a large state university. Through 4-hour monthly meetings, the project sought to enhance K-12 teachers' understanding of national and international cultures and promote cultural tolerance. It also worked to enhance international students' understanding of the United States and of global intercultural issues. Meetings involved large and small group discussions of specific topics. A survey of past and current participants was conducted during the project's fifth year. Results indicated that LATTICE positively changed teachers' beliefs and classroom practices. Access to intercultural resources and frequent and varied communication channels (e.g., e-mail, monthly meetings, small and large group discussions, and formal and informal opportunities to interact with people from other cultures) all contributed to the changes in teachers' beliefs and practices. Appended are participant questionnaires used in the study. (Contains 21 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative International Education Society (Washington, DC, March 14-17, 2001).