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This study assessed preservice teachers' and teacher educators' knowledge regarding issues related to multicultural education. Participants were 78 preservice teachers who completed the Multicultural Knowledge Test during the first class period of a Social Foundations of Education course. There were also 45 teacher educators at the same university who completed the test. Researchers collected data on demographics, major and class rank (for preservice teachers), and education and professional experience (for teacher educators). Data analysis involved statistically comparing results on the Multicultural Knowledge Test to the average knowledge level score. Results indicated that there was a statistically significant difference between preservice teachers' and teacher educators' multicultural knowledge levels. The knowledge levels of preservice teachers were significantly below average. The knowledge levels of teacher educators were almost average. This indicates that both teacher educators and preservice teachers need to increase their multicultural knowledge levels. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)

Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Knowledge Level, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators











Author: Taylor, Pamela A.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8789&id=ED436502







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