Cross cultural competency and multicultural teacher education

Gretchen McAllister, Jacqueline Jordan Irvine

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Teachers require support as they face the challenge of effectively teaching diverse students in their classrooms. Teacher-educators have used various methods to foster change in teachers' thinking, attitudes, and behaviors regarding cultural diversity, but these efforts have produced mixed results because they often focused on content rather the process of cross-cultural learning. The purpose of this review is to examine three process-oriented models that have been used to describe and measure the development of racial identity and cross-cultural competence. These models include Helms's model of racial identity development, Banks's Typology of Ethnicity, and Bennett's Developmental Model of lntercultural Sensitivity. Research using the models revealed insights for multicultural teacher education in assessing readiness to learn, designing effective learning opportunities, and providing appropriate support and challenge for teachers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-24
Number of pages22
JournalReview of Educational Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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