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The ethnic and cultural makeup of classrooms is changing rapidly, the percentage of school children of color is increasing, and the percentage of teachers of color is declining. This paper examines the challenge of preparing primarily white, middle-class teachers to create culturally responsive classrooms for all children. Teacher education programs should help teachers understand the broad concept of multicultural education, acquire basic cultural knowledge about ethnic pluralism, learn how to analyze their own and their students' ethnic attitudes and values, and develop a variety of culturally responsive methodological skills. Teacher educators can prepare culturally responsive teachers by helping them develop a clear understanding of the aims and goals of multicultural education and create a philosophical context from which to view ways in which multicultural education addresses cultural diversity. It is a commitment to basic human rights which implies that teachers in a pluralistic society have the ethical, legal, and moral responsibility to provide each child with a chance to succeed academically. Instructional strategies with sensitivities to individual and cultural differences can play a significant role in improving learning for all children. (Contains 11 references.) (LL)

Descriptors: Blacks, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Social Change, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Student Relationship, Whites

Autor: Mosher, Darlean A.; Sia, Archibald P.


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