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Beliefs of selected Texas educators about utilization of the Internet to facilitate multicultural education
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, Texas A&M University - Commerce, United States

Texas A&M University - Commerce . Awarded

Abstract

Purpose of the study. The purpose of this study was to determine educators' beliefs about the use of the Internet for multicultural education. Comparisons of beliefs were made according to the selected educators' background factors of gender and age, ethnicity and student ethnicity in school, subject and grade-level taught, use of the Internet, and use of the Internet for multicultural education. Barriers to using the Internet for multicultural education, as perceived by selected Texas educators, were examined.

Procedure. A 39-item survey questionnaire was used to collect data. The subjects were 229 educators enrolled in graduate courses at a southwestern regional university. The overall beliefs about the use of the Internet for multicultural education were analyzed by frequencies and frequency percentages. The differences in beliefs were analyzed by Chi Square $(\chi\sp2)$ statistics.

Findings. Educators responded positively on twenty of the questionnaire items regarding the usefulness of the Internet for multicultural education. Significant differences were found in educators' beliefs according to their ethnic background, student ethnic population, and grade levels taught in the school. No differences were found in educator's beliefs according to educators' gender and age, subject taught, and use of the Internet. Language differences and misunderstanding, lack of face-to-face communication, bias and unwillingness to communicate, some of the limitations of the Internet, and difficulty in curriculum integration were considered as barriers to using the Internet for multicultural education.

Conclusions. These selected educators have positive beliefs about using the Internet for multicultural education. On-line and face-to-face communication are considered as enhance each other in intercultural communication. The usefulness of the Internet in foreign language and second language learning is still questioned by educators. Educators have similar beliefs on the issue of using the Internet for multicultural education regardless of their gender, age, subject taught, and use of the Internet. Non-Caucasian educators and Caucasian educators have different beliefs. Also, educators who work in schools of more than 30% of ethnic minority students and educators who work in schools of lower than 31% of ethnic minority students have different beliefs. Educators in K-12 and higher education have different beliefs.

Citation

Yin, H. Beliefs of selected Texas educators about utilization of the Internet to facilitate multicultural education. Ph.D. thesis, Texas A&M University - Commerce. Retrieved May 24, 2019 from .

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