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Teacher Candidates' Developing Beliefs About Diversity and Its Role in Effective Teaching

Mon, April 20, 4:05 to 5:35pm, Virtual Room


Despite a widening demographic divide between teachers and their students, little is known about how teacher candidates actually make sense of multiculturalism during their teacher education program, and the role that teacher education programs play in developing their understandings of multicultural education. We explore teacher candidates’ understandings diversity by surveying teacher candidates at the beginning of the program and at the completion. Through our qualitative analyses of participants’ responses, we discovered that: 1) that teacher candidates’ perspectives of equity or equality were strengthened over the course of the program, and 2) the nature and tone of teacher candidates’ responses were strengthened over the course of their teacher education program.