Being Responsive to Cultural Differences: How Teachers Learn

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Educators get a comprehensive look at the state of teaching in the changing cultural mix of American education. The book draws skillful pictures of the challenges and opportunities facing teacher education faculty and students, as well as preservice teachers.

The contributors explore training and teaching from a variety of perspectives. For example, follow a minority preservice teacher as she relates her difficulties with the older, white supervisors who test her resolve to be a teacher. Hear from a white teacher in a minority classroom on the progress of cultural responsiveness in practice. Find out how educators are (or aren't) incorporating multicultural perspectives into their curricula.

This thoroughly researched volume considers the burgeoning issue of cultural responsiveness in teacher education. Contributing authors use rich descriptions and examples of how these new responses look and feel in practice. Real-life stories clarify perspectives and provide ideas on how to incorporate these lessons into teacher education courses.

Being Responsive to Cultural Differences looks at how the educations of millions of students of color are affected by their nearly always white teachers. The chapter authors offer opinions and suggestions for teacher educators to encourage preservice teachers to construct and expand their own skills and techniques for teaching 21st century populations in ways that are cuturally responsive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803966703
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/8/1997
  • Series: Teacher Preparation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors
1 The Presence of an Absence: Issues of Race in Teacher Education at a Predominantly White College Campus 3
2 Confronting Issues of Race and Power in the Culture of Schools: A Case Study of a Preservice Teacher 21
3 Teacher Efficacy: How Do Teachers Feel About Their Abilities to Teach African American Students? 39
4 Culture: A View Toward the Unexplored Frontier 61
5 The African Advantage: Using African Culture to Enhance Culturally Responsive Comprehensive Teacher Education 78
6 Multicultural Content Infusion by Student Teachers: Perceptions and Beliefs of Cooperating Teachers 94
7 Prospective Teachers Constructing Their Own Knowledge in Multicultural Education 110
8 Culturally Literate Teachers: Preparation for 21st Century Schools 129
9 What Difference Does Preparation Make? Educating Preservice Teachers for Learner Diversity 143
10 Pursuing the Possibilities of Passion: The Affective Domain of Multicultural Education 160
11 Multicultural Education in Practice: What Do Teachers Say? 182
12 Old Messages With New Meanings 197
Index 203
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