Search results for: Cultural awareness
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Culturally Responsible Mentoring: Exploring the Impact of an Alternative Approach for Preparing Student Teachers for Diversity
This study argues that culturally responsible mentoring (CRM) is one way to help student teachers put multicultural education into practice. This study examines the impact CRM has on preservice teachers learning to teach in diverse classrooms. The findings demonstrate that CRM helps preservice teachers become critical thinkers about the cultural contexts in which they work. CRM also assists them in developing equitable and inclusive practices for their particular students.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2010
Several concepts that are important for inclusion in any teacher education curriculum regarding diversity studies are clarified in this article. The author outlines important concepts that contribute to teachers’ conceptual repertoires of diversity: color-blindness, cultural conflict, meritocracy, deficit conceptions, and expectations. The idea is that when teachers enter teacher education, their conceptions need to be addressed because these conceptions shape their curricula and instructional practices with P-12 students. The author concludes with a call to action for teacher educators and teacher education.
Updated: Apr. 27, 2010
In this article, the author discusses some common themes found in her experiences as a Latina undergraduate student. During the summer of 2008, the author conducted fieldwork in a rural town in Mexico. The author discusses her experience as the only Latina student on this trip which were similar to those discussed by Latina scholars. The author considers the pros and cons of being an insider and an outsider to a rural town in Mexico, the use of Latinos as cultural brokers while denying their contributions as social scientists, and the blame she experienced for her lack of adjustment.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2010
Language Teacher Education in Finland and the Cultural Dimension of Foreign Language Teaching - A Student Teacher Perspective
This article investigates the cultural agenda in Finnish language teacher education from a student teacher perspective. The focus is on the students' perceptions regarding how effectively cultural aspects are dealt with in their training, and how these perceptions may be affected by the length of time they have spent abroad. The empirical evidence suggests that both the language studies and the pedagogical studies tend to address cultural aspects to a small or very small extent. The main emphasis is placed on traditional aspects of culture.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
In this article, the author uses positioning theory to better understand the complexity of teacher learning about culture in the company of diverse colleagues. Analysis of a yearlong dialogic professional development experience among high school English teachers revealed that although an African American male's storyline informed the group of otherwise white teachers, his position as cultural “expert” limited his and his colleagues ability to reposition themselves.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2009
The purpose of this study was to combine pre-service teachers' self-reflection with their field experiences to enhance their cultural competency. Therefore, the study adopted Schmidt's ABC's (Autobiography, Biography, and Cross-cultural Comparison) Model in two courses in a pre-service teacher education program.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2009
This study investigates the challenges that non-native pre-service English teachers experience in their target language use when they do their practicum in actual language classrooms. This study found that the common difficulties the student teachers encounter related to certain grammatical structures, explaining unknown words to students, modifying language according to students' level, and authenticity of the classroom language. Furthermore, the findings indicated that the language awareness training had a positive impact on the target language use of the pre-service English teachers.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2009
Culture-Blind? Parental Discourse on Religion, Ethnicity and Secularism in the French Educational Context
This article examines policy mediation and adaptation in a context where religious, ethnic and other cultural identities are not officially recognised in the public sphere but considered part of the private sphere. French educational policy is firmly rooted within a secular Republican framework which relies on a colour-blind approach to promote equality.
Updated: Mar. 23, 2008