Equity & Excellence in Education
The growing disparity between the largely White teacher population and the increasingly diverse student body in the United States (Hodgkinson, 1991;Jordan, 1995) has led to greater interest in how to enhance pre-service teachers' multicultural competencies (e.g., knowledge of diverse cultures, ability to teach children of color successfully, positive attitudes toward children and families of color). Given the low expectations for achievement held by White teachers for children of color and White teachers' lack of interest in working with students (from cultures other than their own (Zeichner, 1993; Zeichner & Melnick, 1996a), it is imperative that teacher educators seek out successful strategies for educating pre-service teachers to teach effectively in diverse settings. The literature on multicultural education has clearly shown the shortcomings of using course work and didactic methods alone to achieve this goal (Grant & Secada, 1990; McDiarmid, 1992; Zeichner & Melnick, 1996a).
Wade, Rahima C., "Service-Learning for Multicultural Teaching Competency: Insights from the Literature for Teacher Educators" (2000). Special Topics, General. 121.