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Measuring the Effectiveness of Online Instruction in Preparing Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Educators

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Positive beliefs, values, and perceived efficacy regarding culturally responsive pedagogy are crucial for the success of early childhood educators. The current study is a one-group pretest-posttest that surveyed 31 students in the fall and spring of their first year in an online bachelors degree completion program to determine if such a program could help prepare students to be culturally responsive educators. Results suggest that participation in the program had positive effects. Of the four survey scales (Praxis, Community, Social Justice, and Perceived Efficacy) there were significant changes for Social Justice and Perceived Efficacy from pre to posttest. Analysis of a qualitative question suggest that students gained a deeper understanding of the concept of equity. Limitations and future research are discussed.