Making a difference: Moving beyond the superficial treatment of diversity

Mills, C. (2008) Making a difference: Moving beyond the superficial treatment of diversity. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 36 4: 261-275. doi:10.1080/13598660802375925

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Author Mills, C.
Title Making a difference: Moving beyond the superficial treatment of diversity
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-866X
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13598660802375925
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 36
Issue 4
Start page 261
End page 275
Total pages 15
Editor McMaugh, A.
Saltmarsh, D.
Santoro, N.
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
160809 Sociology of Education
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Abstract As populations in contemporary Western societies grow more diverse, the need for teachers to better understand and work with difference productively becomes increasingly critical (Allard Santoro, 2006; D'Cruz, 2007). However, the literature on teacher education shows that historically, teacher education programs have aimed to address diversity with add-on or piecemeal approaches, with little success (McDonald, 2005). Moreover, some authors (e.g. Lortie, 1975) have argued that the predispositions teacher education students bring to teaching are a much more powerful socializing influence than either pre-service education or later socialization in the workplace (Johnson, 2002, p.154). This article explores research and scholarship in this area and argues that we must move beyond the fragmented and superficial treatment of diversity if we are to encourage dispositions in all pre-service teachers that are more closely aligned with a recognitive view of social justice.
Keyword Education & Educational Research
Education & Educational Research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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