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Ethnic Diversity in Teacher Education

Racial and ethnic diversity in teacher education is an important factor in meeting the learning needs of all children. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, there is recognition that the varying backgrounds of students contribute to their learning and achievement. Teacher education in the broadest sense refers to the initial preparation of educators for prekindergarten through 12th grade (PreK–12) classrooms and the professional development of PreK–12 practicing teachers. This entry briefly discusses the evolution of racial and ethnic diversity as a critical issue in PreK–12 education, its influence in the supply and demand of teachers, the inclusion of racial/ethnic themes in teacher preparation programs, and the advantages of these programs for students.

Background

Race and ethnicity are sociopolitical designations that, in the education sector, do not ...

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