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Elementary Education, Teacher Preparation for Diversity in

In a nation as culturally, racially, and linguistically varied as the United States, diversity in education cannot be mentioned without attending to how teachers should be prepared to respond effectively and appropriately to the many different children they will meet in their classrooms. Teacher preparation for diversity aims to equip new teachers with the content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and understandings they need to capably and equitably meet the academic and socioemotional needs of their diverse students to support their achievement and enhance their life chances. However, the definition and enactment of such teacher preparation have evolved over time and remain a challenge for teachers as well as for those responsible for educating teachers. This entry offers an overview of teacher preparation for diversity, with a ...

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