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dc.contributor.authorKimani-Oluoch, Roseen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:10:36Zen
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:10:36Zen
dc.date.issued2000-04-06en
dc.identifier.otheretd-04272000-22430045en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/37665en
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this qualitative study was to develop a better understanding of how eight preservice teachers perceived the culturally diverse students they encountered during their one-year teaching internship. Their personal and professional experiences with diversity were investigated in order to identify the direct and indirect influences they brought to a culturally diverse classroom. The data for this study consisted of narratives from their one-year teaching internship and their home, schooling, and college experiences with cultural diversity. Each preservice teacher was interviewed twice. The issues that emerged from their narratives were individually presented to give a clear picture of how they each perceived classroom cultural diversity. From their narratives, it is clear that how each of these preservice teachers perceived culturally diverse students was largely influenced by their life histories and experiences with cultural diversity. Cultural preparation in college acquired great significance as they each reflected on their preparation to teach in culturally diverse settings. None of them felt prepared to teach culturally diverse students. Instead, they indicated a preference of working in school settings that exhibited students similar to their own backgrounds. Classroom cultural diversity was seen as presenting special challenges, none of them felt prepared to handle. The implications from this study suggest that more preparation on how to work within culturally diverse classrooms is needed prior to, and during the student teaching internship.en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartRoseKODissertation.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectcultural perceptionsen
dc.subjectmulticultural educationen
dc.subjectteacher preparationen
dc.subjectpreservice teachersen
dc.subjectcultural diversityen
dc.titleExploring Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Classroom Cultural Diversityen
dc.typeDissertationen
dc.contributor.departmentTeaching and Learningen
dc.description.degreePh. D.en
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplineCurriculum and Instructionen
dc.contributor.committeechairGraham, Richard Terryen
dc.contributor.committeememberBohland, James R.en
dc.contributor.committeememberNespor, Jan K.en
dc.contributor.committeememberFinch, Curtis R.en
dc.contributor.committeememberTlou, Josiah S.en
dc.contributor.committeememberBurton, John K.en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04272000-22430045/en
dc.date.sdate2000-04-27en
dc.date.rdate2001-04-28en
dc.date.adate2000-04-28en


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