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Trends in the Scholarship on Teachers of Color for Diverse Populations: Implications for Multicultural Education

This paper reviews patterns in the literature on minority teachers and teacher preparation. The study involved an extensive literature search using the following database selections: Books in Print A-Z; ERIC Database 1966-2000; Education Abstracts FTX 6/83-12/99; PsycINFO 1984-2000/02; Sociological Abstracts 1963-1999/12; and Social Sciences Abst FTX 2/83-12/99. The search generated 1,111 records on minority teachers, 12,768 on multicultural education, and 5,604 on teacher preparation. Several patterns emerged: minority teacher recruitment and retention; role model hypothesis; assessment issues; description of special/alternative programs for particular populations (e.g., paraprofessionals and high school students); and teacher perception of programs and teaching. The paper also analyzes 90 records that appeared when the descriptors multicultural education and minority teachers were combined. It concludes by discussing the trends and examining implications for multiculturalists. The paper notes the causal relationship between the increase of children of color and the shortage of teachers of color. It also notes the lack of scholarship in the field of multicultural education that addresses the needs and preparation of teachers of color. (Contains 79 references.) (SM)

  • Contributor: Sheets, Rosa Hernandez
  • Date Published: 04-28
  • Year: 2000

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