Preservice Teachers' Growth in Multicultural Understanding: Assessing the Assessment

Gwen L Rudney, Carol E. Marxen, Michael T. Risku

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This study examined the effectiveness of a human relations component within the teacher education program at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The data source was a reflective written document completed by 60 elementary and secondary education students at the end of their programs. Results of the quantitative and qualitative analyses revealed that the graduates professed a strong commitment to human relation goals and provided evidence that they had acted — in limited ways — on their commitment. Students described curricular, instructional, and environmental adjustments made to meet human relations requirements. Length and location of field experiences in diverse settings influenced knowledge, attitude, and concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-46
Number of pages15
JournalAction in Teacher Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 1998


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