“The music is why I teach”: Intuitive strategies of successful teachers in culturally diverse learning environments
TATE Volume 12, Number 1 ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This study explored the classroom learning environments and instructional strategies of four teachers in culturally diverse classrooms. All teachers were deemed successful by their school colleagues, including administrators and instructional specialists, at meeting the needs of their culturally diverse students. The teachers in the study, who were teaching in four different regions of the U.S.A. and who represented different grade levels, taught in schools that contained richly diverse student populations. Using the constant comparative method of data analysis, I conducted a cross-case analysis of the teachers' learning environments. A primary focus of the research was the relationship between teachers' biographies and culturally sensitive classroom instruction. Three themes about culturally sensitive teaching emerged during data analysis: reshaping traditional school curriculum, rethinking the role of the teacher, and acquiring and using cultural sensitivity. Implications for preparing teachers for culturally diverse learning environments are discussed.
Powell, R.R. “The music is why I teach”: Intuitive strategies of successful teachers in culturally diverse learning environments. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 12(1), 49-61. Elsevier Ltd.