Perceptions of teacher preparation for classroom diversity

Madler, A. M., Anderson, S. K. , LeMire, S. D. and Smith, K. (2022) Perceptions of teacher preparation for classroom diversity. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 34(1), pp. 42-68.

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Preparing P-12 educators to effectively teach and support diverse learners is increasingly critical. Cultural competence training and experiences in teaching diverse learners are essential components of teacher preparation, yet often new educators report feeling under prepared, and the characteristics of today’s P-12 students continues to vary greatly compared to teacher demographics. This secondary data analysis explored new teachers' perceptions regarding their preparation for teaching diverse learners. The dataset was derived from survey responses from teacher program graduates, those same graduates after one year of teaching, and their supervisors who responded to standards-based, four-point Likert surveys. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to examine results longitudinally and comparatively. Results indicated that preservice teachers might not be as prepared as they originally thought they were after facing diverse classroom realities. Yet, these first-year teachers’ supervisors perceive a statistically significant higher level of preparedness than the teachers claim. Reasons for the decline in perception of preparedness and difference of ratings are explored; suggestions are offered for continuous improvement of educator preparation as well as for support of new teacher induction practices.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Teacher preparation, teacher competencies, teacher opinions, training needs, teacher induction, self-efficacy, diverse learners.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anderson, Dr Sarah
Authors: Madler, A. M., Anderson, S. K., LeMire, S. D., and Smith, K.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Professional Learning and Leadership
Journal Name:Mid-Western Educational Researcher
Journal Abbr.:MWER
Publisher:Mid-Western Educational Research Association
ISSN (Online):2375-7876
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Mid-Western Educational Researcher
First Published:First published in Mid-Western Educational Researcher 34(1):42-68
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher
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