Paradigm Shift: Equipping Suburban Teacher Candidates for Urban Challenges-A Focus on the Issue of Diversity in the Classroom

  • Michael O.Afolayan Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • David L. Deweese Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Randall E. Smith Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Keywords: Higher Education, Diversity, Teacher Preparation, Urban Schools

Abstract

This article advocates a shift from the traditional pedagogy of a sometimes confused multicultural/diversity education to a more progressive one that gives due attention and credence to the subject of diversity in teacher training. It also locates its definition of diversity within a broad and progressive paradigm. Using their experiences in a teacher training program, the authors argue that a university that prepares teacher candidates for urban or suburban practices must equip them with adequate knowledge on issues relevant to diversity. The paper concludes with recommendations for the field.
Published
2008-01-01