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Fostering Cross Cultural Competence in Preservice Teachers Through Multicultural Education Experiences

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Diversity is increasing in our classrooms implying the need for teachers to be prepared to work effectively with students from different backgrounds, such as cultural, linguistic or national origin. Additionally, the focus on diversity education is important because of the need for students to develop, from an early age, the ability to communicate with and relate to others from diverse backgrounds. This article focuses on cross cultural experiences gained from cross cultural partnerships between preservice teachers and English Language Learners over the course of a semester at a medium size public university. Evidence from this project suggests the need for teacher educators to model and support appropriate cultural competencies that are critical in classrooms that are fast becoming more culturally as well as linguistically diverse.

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Keengwe, J. Fostering Cross Cultural Competence in Preservice Teachers Through Multicultural Education Experiences. Early Childhood Educ J 38, 197–204 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-010-0401-5

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Keywords

  • Multicultural education
  • Diversity education
  • Cultural competence
  • Preservice teachers
  • English language learners