Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Hitting the Ground Running: Why Introductory Teacher Education Courses should deal with Multiculturalism

Dr Marta I. Cruz-Janzen, Marilyn J. Taylor.

Researchers surveyed teacher candidates to better understand what they valued, didn’t value, learned, or didn’t learn from one approach to multicultural education within a preservice program at a four-year state college in a major midwestern U.S.A. city. Faculty introduced multiculturalism in the initial course to prepare candidates for sustained critical reflection throughout an entire semester. The premise was that foundational understanding developed would extend their learning in subsequent education courses. Researchers surveyed candidates during the first week and upon completion of the class. Comparison of pre-and post surveys suggested that the majority of candidates, of all backgrounds, perceived a favorable impact and benefit. Results also suggested that White/Caucasians reacted positively and their resistance minimized when faculty made adjustments based on candidate input.


Dr Marta I. Cruz-Janzen  (United States)
Associate Professor
College of Education
Florida Atlantic University

Marta I. Cruz-Janzen received the Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Denver in 1997, the Master of Arts and Master of Education in Human Development and Guidance from the Columbia University Teachers College, and the Bachelor of Science from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is the coauthor of Educating Young Children in a Diverse Society (Allyn and Bacon, 1994) and numerous articles. Her dissertation research, Curriculum and the Ethnic and Racial Self-Concept of Biethnic and Biracial Persons explores the role of the home, school, and peers of the ethnic self-identity and self-concept of biethnic and biracial students, and how these impact school achievement. It received the University of Denver Phi Delta Kappa 1996-97 Dissertation of the Year Award.
Marta has been a bilingual classroom teacher with the New York City Public Schools (1973-1979) and Denver Public Schools (1985-1990). Between 1992-1995 she also served as Elementary School Principal. She was Race and Sex Equity Consultant with the Colorado Department of Education (1990-1992). Marta’s current research focuses on: 1) Multicultural Education in Curriculum and Instruction, 2) Preservice teacher preparation, and 3) Latino identity, ethnicity, and racial formations.

Marilyn J. Taylor

Marilyn Taylor earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Denver, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English, with honors, from University of California Berkeley. She has been Dean of Education at University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau since 2001. Previously she held positions as Accreditation Coordinator, Professor of Education and Chair of the Secondary Education Department at Metropolitan State College in Denver. She served as President of the Colorado Association of Teacher Education. She has been actively involved in leadership roles with the National Coalition for Equity in Education centered at University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Taylor spent the early part of her career as an English teacher in middle and high schools in Vallejo, California and Summit County, Colorado. Her publications focus on educational equity and multicultural education. She is in progress in writing a textbook presenting a school based approach to teacher preparation.

  • Urban Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Program Assessment & Reform
  • Multicultural Education

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)