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Teachers' Self-Images in Multicultural Classrooms: Who am I?

AUTHOR : Yuling L. SU

INFORMATION : page. 141~167 / 2008 Vol.2 No.1


The purpose of this hermeneutic phenomenological study, conducted in southern Virginia, United States, was to understand six teachers' own images through the experiences teaching preschoolers from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Semistructured interviews were conducted with six teachers from two day care and development centers. Observations of classroom teaching added vital information to the data collected through interviews. Other tools for data collection included field notes and a researcher's reflective journal. Strategies for examining the data in this study were thematic and constant comparative analysis. Five major themes of teachers' self-images emerged from their reflection on the roles in multicultural classrooms were: ( 1) Teachers are advocators for promoting social justice, (2) Teachers are learners of cultural diversity, (3) Teachers are transformers through caring, (4) Teachers are supporters for children's emotional and social needs, and (5) Teachers are facilitators of social reciprocity. The findings also suggested recommendations for future research and practice in the field of early childhood education.

Keyword :

Phenomenological study,Preschool teacher inquiry,Multicultural education,Teachers roles,Reflecti


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