Who Am I? The Social Construction of Ethnic Identity and Self-Perceptions in Latino Preservice Teachers
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Because of the changes in the demographics, it is important for Latino teachers to relate to the educational and psychological needs of language minority children who are predominately Latino. For teacher educators, the question is whether teacher preparation should include the development and enhancement of a positive self-image in teachers and should provide teachers with the techniques necessary to promote a positive ethnic identity in their students. A preliminary study was conducted focusing on Latino teachers' ethnicity labels and self-conceptualizations.
The questions addressed are: How do bilingual teachers identify themselves ethnically, and what are their self-conceptualizations? And is there a within-group difference in how these Latino teachers identify themselves? The findings show that there is a strong association between ethnic identity and self-concept and that there are group differences.
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