Preparing teachers to work with increasingly diverse school populations is among the most complex educational challenges worldwide. “Teacher preparation for diversity” is a general phrase describing teacher preparation curricula, programs, and pathways intended to prepare teachers to work effectively with diverse learners. This entry analyzes the problem of teacher preparation for diversity and provides an overview of the major strategies used in the United States.

Overview of the Problem

In many nations, there is increasing diversity in the school population. In the United States, there have been enormous increases in immigration over the last 2 decades, bringing large numbers of students whose first language is not English into the public schools. This is added to a situation wherein inequities based on the marginalization of indigenous and ...

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