Academic journal article Childhood Education

Preparing English Teachers to Teach Diverse Student Populations: Belief Challenges, Proposal for Change. (among the Periodicals)

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Preparing English Teachers to Teach Diverse Student Populations: Belief Challenges, Proposal for Change. (among the Periodicals)

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PREPARING ENGLISH TEACHERS TO TEACH DIVERSE STUDENT POPULATIONS: Belief Challenges, Proposal for Change. L. Rosen & D. Abt-Perkins. English Education, 4(15), 251-266. While the number of culturally diverse students is increasing, the number of minority students is decreasing. In addition, more students from lower socioeconomic levels are attending school and more children are entering U.S. schools speaking a primary language other than English. This article is concerned with the need to include more information in teacher education about cultural awareness, sensitivity, information on minority populations' learning styles and behaviors, and curricular adaptations based on cultural and linguistic differences.

Rosen and Abt-Perkins reflect on the fact that teacher educators typically are of the majority group, as are the preservice teachers they serve, with generally the same ethnic, racial, language, and socioeconomic characteristics. This issue is more accentuated in the preparation of English teachers, since language arts is predominantly social knowledge.

The authors suggest that language arts teacher preparation courses include study of linguistic differences, literacy behaviors of different groups, and culturally relevant pedagogical strategies, as well as methods and materials for multicultural literacy. …

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