Diversity in the Classroom: A Case Study of the Definition, Challenges, and Approaches to Diversity in the Classroom Open Access

Mawani, Falak Asif (2015)

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This research provides insight about the characterization of diversity by four high school teachers. The teachers were asked about their own definitions of diversity in the classroom, the challenges they faced and how they were able to overcome them, and how schools can help them in the future on the issues of diversity. Through the literature review and the interviews with the four teachers, there was a sizable amount of data collected to conclude the importance of this topic for the future of the United States. The findings suggest that the understanding of diversity for a teacher is shaped by his or her personal, educational, and cultural experiences. Furthermore, to address the issues that arise with diversity, schools should start conversing about this topic and incorporate the suggestions made by the teachers.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter I-INTRODUCTION1

Research Problem 1

Statement of problem 2

Background 3

Theoretical rationale 5

Research questions 6

Educational significance 6

Chapter II-Review of Literature 7

Introduction 7

The Demographic Imperative 8

Diversity Through Time 9

Teacher Education Programs 11

Preparing Teachers to Teach in Diverse Classrooms 12

Teacher's Perspectives on Diversity in the Classroom 14

Diversity in Teacher Education in the Future 15

Recent work 17

Conclusion 17

Chapter III-METHODOLOGY 18

Restatement of Purpose 18

Research Design 18

Data Collection and Analysis 20

Research Setting 21

Profile of the Researcher 22

Protection of Human Subjects 23

Chapter IV-FINDINGS 24

Introduction 24

Teacher Profiles 24

John 24

Analysis of John 27

Allison 30

Analysis of Allison 32

Becca 34

Analysis of Becca 36

Nicole 38

Analysis of Nicole 41

Research Question 1: 43

Research Question 2: 44

Research Question 3: 46

Chapter V-DISCUSSION, RECOMMENDATIONS, CONCLUSION 47

Discussion 47

Recommendations 52

Conclusion 53

REFERENCES 54

APPENDIX A: INTERNAL REVIEW BOARD DETERMINATION 57

APPENDIX B: Informed consent form 58

APPENDIX C: LETTER OF INITIAL CONTACT 61

APPENDIX D: SAMPLE QUESTION GUIDE 62

APPENDIX E: SAMPLE TRANSCRIPTION 63

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