Multiculturalism & Diversity
Making It Better for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students through Teacher Education: A Collaborative Self-Study
In this self-study, two educators – a university professor and a classroom teacher, who facilitated a workshop titled “Sexual Diversity in Secondary Schools” in a faculty of education in a mid-sized Ontario city – reflect on the feedback provided by teacher candidates on workshop evaluation forms in relation to their experiences as teacher educators delivering the workshops. The authors conclude that the two-hour Sexual Diversity in Secondary Schools workshop that they presented in a Bachelor of Education program is one example of how LGBT issues might be taught to teacher candidates. Through this self-study, they came to better understand their students and ourselves. They discovered that teacher candidates are increasingly receptive to discussion of LGBT issues, particularly when portrayed in a manner that is respectful and open.
Publication Year: 2012 | Updated in ITEC: January 29, 2017
Teachers’ Beliefs of Behaviors, Learning, and Teaching Related to Minority Students: A Comparison of Han and Mongolian Chinese Teachers
This study surveyed the beliefs of behavior, learning, and teaching that the mainstream Han and minority Mongolian Chinese teachers in the same school contexts hold about their Mongolian Chinese students. It found that the two groups agreed that teachers’ inadequate planning and management were the major sources of their students’ behavior problems while students’ home backgrounds, abilities, and efforts explained their learning failure or success.
Both believed that students’ emotional and social problems were more important than their learning problems for them to attend to, and their expertise in helping students develop self-worth was more important than their expertise in curriculum and pedagogy.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: January 3, 2017
Multicultural Apprenticeships in Teacher Education
This article aims to explore the theoretical structure of what the authors call multicultural apprenticeships in teacher education. This structure is drawn from decades of scholarship and research in teacher education, in general, and in preparing teachers for diversity, in particular. It is further situated within the authors' own work in an Early Childhood Education Masters in Education program and their commitments to preparing teachers to support diverse populations of children.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in ITEC: January 3, 2017
Behind the Scenes of a Unique Initiative for the Program, "Preparing former Ethiopians for Teaching"
This article describes a unique initiative in Israel for preparing former immigrants from Ethiopia to become teachers. The author, who initiated this program in her college, describes the challenges she faced. The author outlines that this program is based on merging of two streams of education for multiculturalism: particularistic education at first and pluralistic education later on.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: April 14, 2016