This paper addresses the influence that a required diversity course has on teacher candidates’ beliefs and attitudes toward teaching diverse learners. The researchers used quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry to determine the results on the candidates’ confidence and underlying ideological beliefs about teaching diverse learners. Studies show that a positive attitude toward teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students is an important quality in teacher candidate development. The multi-colors produced in fireworks are much more beautiful and dynamic than those producing only one color. In a similar manner, the diverse colors of students that make up a classroom provide a welcoming opportunity for teachers to ignite a fire in each student, inspiring them to reach their highest potential. The challenge for teacher education programs is to produce effective educators who reflect affirming beliefs and attitudes toward teaching diverse learners.
|Keywords:||Diverse Learners, Diversity Course, Teacher Candidates, Teacher Education|
College of Education, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, USA
Assistant Professor, College of Education, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, USA