Search results for: Student diversity
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Teachers’ Awareness of Their Diverse Classrooms: The Nature of Elementary Teachers’ Reflections on Their Science Teaching Practice
This article examines in-service elementary teachers’ reflections on their science teaching when working with diverse students. The findings provide an understanding of how these teachers examined their teaching and beliefs about their science teaching practice. Participants’ reflections indicated that knowledge of their students’ culture and backgrounds influenced their teaching practices and the focus of their reflections. The authors also found that the participants examined five themes of teaching: (1) navigating the school world, (2) managing the technical classroom, (3) negotiating barriers, (4) nurturing all students, and (5) understanding learning.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2015
Multilingual Primary Classrooms: An Investigation of First Year Teachers’ Learning and Responsive Teaching
This research explores the perspectives of newly qualified primary teachers (NQTs) who worked in multilingual classrooms in their first year of teaching. The findings indicated that that NQTs were engaged in reflection on pupils’ needs and interests and then try to tailor provision to engage pupils in formative challenging activities. Twenty one NQTs believed that they had begun to develop responsive forms of teaching, aided by support from and collaboration with other colleagues, including teaching assistants, many bilingual.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2014
Teachers’ Perspectives on Environmental Education in Multicultural Contexts: Towards Culturally-Responsive Environmental Education
This article explores teachers’ perspectives on enacting environmental education (EE) in a multicultural context. In understanding teacher strategies in adapting EE to a multicultural context and teacher views on the obstacles encountered, the authors found that teacher strategies reflected aspects of progressive EE in extending beyond simple knowledge-awareness to emphasizing changes in behavior and nurturing of ownership. The findings revealed that challenges included value clashes, a lack of common lived experiences, and reconciling contradictory educational perspectives and political policies, which often placed teachers in paradoxical positions. The findings suggest moving toward practices of culturally-responsive environmental education (CrEE) that demand more than awareness but include interactive dialogue.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2014
This article aimed to examine both preservice teachers’ and teacher educators’ attitudes toward student diversity. Two array groups emerged: Students Are Students and Diversity Advocates. The authors find gaps in attitudes toward student diversity between the two array groups. These gaps indicate both consensual and divided attitudes toward student diversity.However, a major gap in attitudes toward student diversity between the two groups is similarity versus diversity: while one group highlights similarity among students, the other group appeals for the importance of acknowledging and addressing student diversity.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2014
This article examined the question What are the effective teaching characteristics of non-traditional, culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student teachers placed in rural, elementary schools with high populations of Latino/a students? Findings from this study reflected highly consistent and effective teaching characteristics of the CLD teacher candidates completing a distance-delivered teacher preparation program in remote, rural areas. Discussion as to what teacher education program attributes contributed to their development of effective teaching attributes was offered, with culturally responsive supports, like instructional mediators, personal instructor/leadership caring, and a sense of community among students and teachers, noted.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2014
Teacher Educators' Perceptions and Use of Differentiated Instruction Practices: An Exploratory Investigation
The purpose of this study was to explore how teacher educators perceive and use differentiated instruction. The results suggest teacher educators highly value and prioritize creating a positive learning environment. Furthermore, teacher educators reported using a variety of strategies that support differentiation of content, process, and product. Although they found some congruence between teacher educators' beliefs and practices and Tomlinson's model, the results suggest that a comprehensive framework for differentiation is not being modeled for candidates. The article concludes that this exploratory study provided timely and valuable information about teacher educators' beliefs and practices related to differentiation.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2014
This article provides a deeper understanding of critical mass, a concept that has become central in litigation efforts related to affirmative action admissions policies that seek to further the educational benefits of diversity. The authors demonstrate that the concept of critical mass requires an understanding of the conditions needed for meaningful interactions and participation among students, given the particular institutional context. To highlight this contextual definition of critical mass, they offer the term dynamic diversity and outline four main components of dynamic diversity that institutions can attend to.
Updated: Aug. 21, 2014
The present article explores how researchers’ social identities influence data gathered through ethnographic research in multiracial K-12 educational settings. The authors examine how the processes of conducting, interpreting, and analyzing ethnographic fieldwork are impacted when researchers belong to marginalized social groups. The authors suggest that researchers can act as critical participants to create opportunities for dialog about racism, sexism, and other inequities in educational settings.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2014
‘‘I Don't Feel Comfortable Reading Those Books in my Classroom’’: A Qualitative Study of the Impact of Cultural and Political Vignettes in a Teacher Education Course
The current paper reports on a qualitative study of the impact of a pedagogical practice called cultural and political vignettes (CPVs) on graduate students enrolled in a teacher education course. CPVs are cultural and political ‘‘situations’’ that are presented to preservice and inservice teachers, so that they can practice first-hand the decision-making skills that they will use in the diverse classrooms of New York City public schools. The preliminary findings of this qualitative inquiry indicate that responding to, creating, exchanging, and engaging in situated performances of CPVs provide teachers with occasions to practice their written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills in a supportive classroom environment where they can discuss cultural and political issues that are rarely addressed in teacher preparation courses.
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013
An Analysis of the Factors That Influence Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Developing Dispositions about Teaching All Children
The goal of this study is to determine the factors that influence dispositions. The study examines experiences that influence candidates’ dispositions, the role that teacher education plays in dispositional development, and the ways in which these findings can inform teacher preparation programs in their efforts to prepare candidates to work with diverse students.The authors found that teacher preparation courses were the most influential factor in influencing candidates’ responses to issues of diversity. However, the research suggests that candidates’ field experiences have mixed impacts on their situational responses.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2013