Using Technology to Develop Culturally-Aware Pre-Service Teachers
Madeline Justice, Sue Espinoza, East Texas State University
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
University-level teacher education programs have come under a great deal of fire lately for a variety of offenses, both of omission and commission. One of the areas of criticism is that teacher education programs are not preparing teachers to operate effectively in a culturally diverse educational environment. Because many teacher-education students have grown up in, attended school in, and plan to teach in rural America, many enter education programs believing that multiculturalism is of less importance for them than for their peers who will teach in large urban and suburban districts. This creates a unique challenge for colleges of education. A challenge that is being addressed in different ways at different institutions. Some are turning to technology in an attempt to bring the world to these pre-service teachers’ desktops, believing that the computer is one of the most valuable teaching tools in the classroom. This paper describes a program in a regional southwestern university that is finding unique ways to provide secondary teacher education students with an awareness of, and experiences with culturally diverse issues.
Justice, M. & Espinoza, S. (1996). Using Technology to Develop Culturally-Aware Pre-Service Teachers. In B. Robin, J. Price, J. Willis & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1996--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 39-42). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).