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Preparing Teachers for Diversity: A Dilemma of Quality and Quantity

  • Author(s): Gándara, Patricia
  • Maxwell-Jolly, Julie
  • et al.
Abstract

The paper documents the characteristics of California’s existing student and teacher population, explores research on the effect on students of having teachers who are from minority groups and/or teachers who earn credentials from programs that focus on diversity is- sues, identifies barriers to increasing the number of teachers with diverse backgrounds in the workforce, and makes recommendations to in- crease the pool of minority teachers and to improve the preparation of teachers to perform effectively with diverse students.

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