Teacher Education in the United States: The Challenge of Diversity

By Patrick Johnson, Helen L. Johnson and Kimberly Alkins.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In this article, we provide evidence of the ongoing problems associated with diversity and diversity education in the United States. We also describe some of the historical background and context of the problems surrounding diversity education within American society. To illustrate the complexity and persistence of these problems, we examine the handling of diversity education during the accreditation process by two schools of teacher education. This is followed by a brief discussion highlighting the significance of diversity issues for teacher education. In concluding, we suggest specific ways in which teacher educators might employ a set of developmental principles to design more effective diversity education programs.

Keywords: Education, Diversity Education, Teacher Training, Obstacles to Diversity Training

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.307-316. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 599.112KB).

Dr. Patrick Johnson

Professor, School of Education, Dowling College, Oakdale, New York, USA

Dr. Johnson has conducted research focused on race and ethnicity as it relates to various topics in education including minority health issues and health education. Before coming to Dowling College he was Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University.

Dr. Helen L. Johnson

Professor, Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Queens College and The Graduate Center of the City University, Northport, New York, USA

Dr. Johnson has studied in issues of language and literacy as they relate to diversity and the education of at-risk children. She is currently studying family literacy and the education opportunities associated with diversity education.

Dr. Kimberly Alkins

Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Queens College of the City University, Queens, New York, USA

Dr. Alkins teaches research methods and courses on educational diversity. She is interested in promoting the benefits associated with diversity education.

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