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This study investigated levels of knowledge of multicultural education and issues related to cultural diversity among student teachers and teacher educators. Participants included 45 predominantly white teacher educators and 78 predominantly white preservice teachers at a mid-sized southern university. The student teachers were enrolled in a Social Foundations of Education course. All participants completed the Multicultural Knowledge Test, which measured their knowledge of topics and issues central to general multicultural education. Data analysis indicated that preservice teachers' multicultural knowledge levels were significantly below average, and teacher educators' knowledge levels were nearly, but not quite, average. Although the differences between teacher educators' and preservice teachers' scores for their multicultural knowledge were significant, the narrowness of the differences made them unimpressive. (Contains 61 references.) (SM)

Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Literacy, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers

Author: Taylor, Pamela A.


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