What We're Teaching Teachers: An Analysis of Multicultural Teacher Education Coursework Syllabi

Feb. 24, 2009

Source: Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 25, Issue 2, February 2009, P. 309-318.

The study is an examination of syllabi from multicultural teacher education (MTE) courses taught across the United States. Using qualitative content analysis and drawing on existing typologies for multicultural education, the author analyzed the theories and philosophies underlying MTE course designs. The analysis revealed that most of the courses were designed to prepare teachers with pragmatic skills and personal awareness. However, the courses did not to prepare them in accordance with the key principles of multicultural education, such as critical consciousness and a commitment to educational equity. An unexpected outcome was a new five-layer typology for MTE.

Updated: Mar. 30, 2009