Teachers working in culturally diverse classrooms: implications for the development of professional standards and for teacher education

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Title Teachers working in culturally diverse classrooms: implications for the development of professional standards and for teacher education
Author Thomas, Sue Allan; Kearney, Judith Frances
Journal Name Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Oxfordshire, UK
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper reports the outcomes of a survey to investigate the level of cultural understanding and confidence for teachers working in culturally diverse classrooms. The survey was administered to teachers in primary and secondary schools in an Australian regional city. The aim of analysis was to determine the direction and strength of association of six demographic variables with measures of cultural awareness among teachers and confidence in supporting the learning of students. It found that teacher responses to working in culturally diverse classrooms varied according to levels of familiarity with the cultural groups concerned and with the level of schooling within which the teacher worked. The paper outlines the implications of these findings for the development of professional standards and for teacher education. It discusses how these findings contribute to further investigations into the extent to which teachers understand cultural diversity and their confidence as literacy instructors.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13598660801971625
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Australian Teacher Education Association. Published by Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Vol. 36(2), 2008, pp. 105-119. The Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 36
Issue Number 2
Page from 105
Page to 119
ISSN 1359-866X
Date Accessioned 2008-06-16
Date Available 2011-11-07T06:53:18Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Professional Development of Teachers
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/23079
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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