Section archive - Multiculturalism & Diversity
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This article explores how teachers make sense of the role of race in their practice in an ongoing way, in and through complexity of their everyday life both inside and outside of school. The author found that the teacher uses her touchstone to frame her interpretations and guide her pedagogical choices in the context of her classroom. The author concludes that racial touchstones are drawn from teachers' impactful personal experiences and are constructed in and through the dynamic contexts of their classrooms and schools. She recommends that efforts to support teachers in developing meaningful and authentic personal experiences of difference must be done with great care and must be sustained over time.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2018
This paper explores the interaction between educational research and practice in school systems, through a bi-dimensional framework. The author found that a synthesis of the main themes in the articles has led to a schema that can be useful in getting a more systemic view on school improvement processes based on educational research (ER).
Updated: Nov. 22, 2018
Changes in Teachers’ Beliefs after a Professional Development Project for Teaching Writing: Two Chinese Cases
This case study examined the changes in teachers’ beliefs after a professional development project for teaching writing through a case study of two writing teachers in a Chinese university. The author found that the project broadened the teachers’ understanding of different writing theories. It provided a clear model of how to integrate these new approaches into regular writing courses, changed their instructional focus and shifted their perception of teachers’ roles in teaching practice. The author emphasizes that this programme enriched the teachers’ writing knowledge and developed a more inclusive view of different writing strategies, which helped them understand the nature of writing more clearly.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2018
This study aims to examine preschool teachers' beliefs about linguistic diversity using a Q methodology. The findings reveal that the teachers were highly supportive of linguistic diversity and multilingual practices. The findings indicate that the participants saw opportunity rather than difficulty: they believed that interacting with diverse classmates gives young children the chance to develop tolerance, cooperation, and multicultural awareness.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2018
Should Teachers Be Colorblind? How Multicultural and Egalitarian Beliefs Differentially Relate to Aspects of Teachers' Professional Competence for Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
In this article, the authors examine how cultural beliefs relate to aspects of professional competence. Specifically, the authors focused on multiculturalism and colorblindness. The findings reveal that colorblindness showed a significant negative relationship with willingness to adapt teaching to a culturally diverse student body. The authors also found that multicultural beliefs were related to higher self-efficacy and higher enthusiasm for teaching immigrant students, to less agreement with negative stereotypes about immigrant students' motivation and backgrounds, and to having chosen the teaching profession specifically as a means to foster integration of immigrants in Germany.
Updated: Aug. 14, 2018
This study examines the role of race in teacher hiring process. The findings reveal that the Hispanic and Asian teachers were hired proportionally to the rate at which they applied. This finding suggests that the low numbers for these groups may indeed reflect a supply problem. The findings show that while Black candidates submitted 13 percent of applications, a proportion greater than the percentage of Black students in the district, their chances of getting hired were low.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2018
This article investigates the identity work of three non-Aboriginal young women pre-service teachers taking part in a professional placement in remote Aboriginal Australia. The author also considers the ways in which their identity work might challenge colonizing discourses and racialized forms of power. The author concludes that the participants in this study performed a variety of subjective positions which worked to both reinforce and challenge colonial discourse and racialized forms of power.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2018
Those Who Can, Teach: The Academic Quality of Preservice Students in Teacher Education Programs in Taiwan
This research investigates Taiwanese preservice students’ academic quality in comparison with their nonteaching peers. The findings show that preservice students demonstrated higher academic quality than their non-preservice counterparts, as they had better entry test scores, mid-point grades and final grades. The authors provide explanations of the gap in performance between the two groups within the broader sociocultural context of Taiwanese society. First, the authors found that the majority of the teaching programs set a minimum academic standing as a threshold for student application when they recruit students from various programs/departments within the university. Second, the Taiwanese government adopted policies that provide teachers with generous compensation and benefit packages that provide teachers with generous compensation and benefit packages. Furthermore, the cultural beliefs imbedded in the Confucian cultural heritage may also play a role in constructing favorable teaching conditions.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2018
This study examines what types of emotional work are entailed in approaching multicultural education from a pedagogy and an ethnic of discomfort. The findings reveal a typology of the kinds of emotional work that the authors engage in as teacher educators practicing a pedagogy and ethic of discomfort in multicultural teacher education. The first type of emotional work is managing personal emotional reactions. The second type of emotional work is facing your past in your present practice. The third type of emotional work is remaining vulnerable and emotionally available for students.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
This article describes a self-study partnership between the authors, Tom and Deb, two teacher educators from different institutions. The partnership between the authors began with discussions about shared interests and shared dilemmas in teaching multicultural education content at their respective universities. Over a 2-year period of time, they began to look closely at Tom’s experiences integrating mindfulness into his instruction, which resulted in self-study research. The authors have found that this study reveals the power of theoretically grounding teaching practice in mindfulness and in intentional consideration of language as a tool to establish an appropriate affective space for learning, even in an online setting.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018