Research Report for the Organizing for Diversity Project.Report as inadecuate

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This report describes the Organizing for Diversity Project, which generated professional development modules to prepare teachers to work more effectively with diverse students. Prototype modules were developed in collaboration with teacher volunteers, then field tested. The final 11 modules, which included 33 hours of training, were designed for implementation over 9 months. They emphasized: the importance of effective intercultural communication in the classroom; views of culture; cultural influences and the socialization of children; dimensions of cultural variability; strategies of acquiring culture-specific knowledge; and interviewing as a strategy to acquire culture-specific knowledge. Data analysis involved comparing entry and exit scores on quantitative measures and analyzing qualitative data sources for changes over time across four variables (awareness, knowledge, beliefs, and skills). Teachers' awareness about their own cultural identity increased, though perceptions about cross-cultural adaptability did not. Knowledge about the impact of culture on classroom interactions increased. Teachers showed a mixed pattern of changes in beliefs about culturally and linguistically diverse students. Their skills increased related to preventing/managing culture clashes in the classroom. (Contains 58 references.) (SM)

Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Minority Group Children, Socialization, Teacher Attitudes, Teachers, Teaching Skills

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 East Seventh Street, Austin, TX 78701-3281. Tel: 512-476-6861.

Author: Betsinger, Alicia M.; Garcia, Shernaz B.; Guerra, Patricia L.


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