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Objective 1.3: Preservice Teacher Diversity

Team Leaders:
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Sharon Baker
University of Tulsa, Oklahoma
918-631-2910 V / 918-631-3668 F
IP Address: na
bakers@utulsa.edu

Joyce Daugaard
University of Minnesota
612-624-7340 V / 612-626-9627 F
IP Address: na
dauga001@umn.edu


You are invited to become involved! Following is a selection of possible activities for this Objective:

  • List of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Develop FAQs for prospective preservice teachers or for faculty interested in increasing preservice teacher diversity. We can provide you with a menu of sample questions and examples of FAQs with responses. FAQs developed for prospective teachers will be used as a recruitment tool.

  • Survey of Preservice Teachers and Focus Group: Survey all preservice teachers at your institution to determine important factors in their selection of a deaf education program. Follow up with a focus group of diverse students to verify results and explore challenges, barriers and “what works”. Submit summary report of your findings. The online survey protocol is ready for you to access. Data can be separated in many ways (hearing/deaf, majority/minority). Melissa DeLana at Lamar University will disseminate the survey at your direction.

  • Personal Stories of Inservice and Preservice Teachers: Collect and share personal stories of diverse preservice teachers and inservice teachers, including their personal backgrounds, reasons for choosing a teaching career, and experiences teaching D/HH children. Required products include quality digital photos, personal story transcript, and permission form from each teacher. Collected stories will be shared on the web as a recruitment tool.

  • Investigate Resources at Your Own University (Two Choices): Research the recruitment resources and strategies employed by your college or university. Write a summary of your findings, including the specific activities and strategies your university uses. Compare them to “what works” as cited in the academic literature. We can provide references to the literature if desired. Part Two of this Choice involves choosing a strategy and implementing it in your program next year.



Objective's Overall Goals (as outlined in grant proposal):

  1. Conduct a needs assessment of ethnic, economic and hearing status diversity represented within the existing d/hh preservice teacher pool and the recruitment, preparation and mentoring strategies/resources used by d/hh teacher education programs. Outcome: Baseline empirical data.

  2. Conduct research concerning the strategies and materials needed to effectively a) recruit, b) prepare and c) mentor a more diverse population of d/hh preservice teachers. Outcome: Increase in the knowledge base.

  3. Disseminate resulting research and offer professional development support to d/hh teacher preparation program faculty for the integration of the research information into their programs. Outcome: Increase in d/hh teacher education faculty’s knowledge and use of effective strategies and materials to a) recruit, b) prepare and c) mentor a diverse pool of d/hh preservice teachers.

  4. Conduct follow-up research on the impact of the disseminated research information and the professional development support for faculty integration of strategies and resources needed to effectively a) recruit, b) prepare and c) mentor a more diverse population of d/hh preservice teachers. Outcome: Empirical evidence.

  5. Disseminate the follow-up research concerning faculty integration of strategies and resources needed to effectively a) recruit, b) prepare and c) mentor a more diverse population of d/hh preservice teachers that results in increased academic achievement of PK-12 students who are d/hh. Outcome: Increase in the magnitude of the grant’s impact by assisting institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the effective recruitment, preparation and mentoring of a diverse pool of preserve teachers.

Page last updated: 03/17/05
 
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