In the past ten years, the K-12 classroom has changed dramatically in the United States. Institutions of higher education engaged in the preparation of teacher candidates have responded by enhancing their current curriculum with new/revised courses focusing on this diversity. The paper will focus on the uniqueness of an undergraduate, three-semester-hour education course at a small, liberal arts college in northeast Ohio. While students explore eight distinct areas of diversity, the course also requires the completion of a community scan as well as a non-school service learning field experience. Both activities provide students the opportunity to recognize the human variety of experiences, the challenges of living in a diverse world, and the impact of this diversity in the classroom setting. The paper will include data from a sample of 22 students (instructor’s section) as well as recommendations from the presenter/instructor for institutions seeking to implement a similar experience for its teacher candidates.
|Keywords:||Cultural Diversity, K-12 Education, Sociological Perspective|
Associate Professor, Education, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, USA
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