Topic Objectives

“When we ask students to summarize info, let them decide for themselves what’s important.” Peter Pappas

  • Explain the sources of student diversity in today’s classrooms and their implications for educators
  • Introduce theory on how people learn, including discussing self-efficacy & locus of control terms
  • Discuss culturally responsive teaching
  • Describe the demographic trends of U.S. minorities and describe how ethnic and cultural differences between public school teachers and students may foster misunderstanding
  • Discuss cultural pluralism vs. assimilation
  • Introduce Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and relate that theory to teaching
  • Discuss learning styles
  • Introduce the concept of multicultural education
  • Introduce IDEA, least-restrictive environment, gifted and talented terms
  • Introduce Glasser’s choice theory
  • Discuss gender issues