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Article

Teaching Multiculturalism in a Constructivist Learning Environment

Author

Dario J. Almarza, Ph.D
Florida State University

Yasar Bodur, Doctoral Student
Florida State University

Abstract

This study discusses the content and the implementation of an undergraduate level elementary education course to preservice teachers offered at a southern university. This type of course seems to be an “eye-opening” course, which enables students gain a new vision of people of different cultures as well as of themselves as future teachers.  The main implication of the course was that student learning can be ensured and enhanced using assignments that would allow students to have first-hand experiences about multiculturalism through interviews and reading about children of other cultures that live in the USA.

Article

The Effect of Expanding Gender Roles on Behavioral Problems: A Comparison of Female College Students in Taiwan

Author

Robert Brammer
West Texas A&M University

Ching-Faee Chen
West Texas A&M University

Abstract

Fu’s (1993) Behavior Problem Checklist was used to contrast behavioral problems of Data Management and Nursing Degree Programs from Jen-Te Junior College of Medical Nursing and Management.  These two groups were selected because of their traditional gender segregation, with Data Management Degrees traditionally pursued by men and Nursing Degrees sought by women.  Nursing students proclaimed to have more “normal” problems than their Data Management peers. However, no significant differences were found between the two groups related to “serious behavioral problems.”  The possible influence of gender stereotypes and social discrimination is discussed as well as implications for these findings.

Article

Unique Paths to Literacy: Female Hispanic University Students Tell Their Stories

Author

Edith Norris, Ph.D.
West Texas A&M University

Abstract

A group of female Hispanic students was surveyed to determine what paths they had followed to reach the point of  being classified as upperclassmen in a university teacher education program.  All of the students grew up in Spanish-speaking households, some were immigrants from Mexico, and some were from impoverished families.

Article

Multicultural Child and Adolescent Literature: Canon of the Twenty First Century

Author

Suzanne S. Monroe, Ph.D.
West Texas A&M University

Abstract

Exploration of contemporary child and adolescent literature featuring multicultural protagonists in text and illustration by authors and illustrators of  diverse racial, cultural and language backgrounds.  Emphasis on classroom practice and instructional strategies including genres, themes, issues, author-illustrator studies and language-culture approach; integration of multicultural literature throughout the academic year and content areas.

Article

The Effects of Socio-Economic Background on School Performance on Aboriginal Female Nursing Students:  A Qualitative Study

Author

Hsueh-Yu Chung
Jen-Te Junior College of Medical Nursing and Management

Angela Spaulding, Ed.D.
West Texas A&M University

Abstract

This manuscript reports the answer to the following questions with regard to the schooling experiences of aboriginal female students at Jen-Te Junior College of Medical Nursing and Management School in Miao-Li, Taiwan:

· Do aboriginal girls feel that their cultural background influences their schooling experience?
· What problems do aboriginal girls experience at school that maybe a result of cultural background?
· What strategies do aboriginal girls use to adapt to life in school?
· How can the educational system in Taiwan better meet the needs of aboriginal girls who are adapting to life in Taiwanese schools?


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