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Abstract

Recent work of the College of Education’s Committee on Diversity has included plans to provide a curriculum and experiences aimed at increasing all education candidates’ knowledge of, sensitivity to, and strategies and techniques for teaching diverse P-12 students. This comprehensive plan was initiated in the 2002- 2003 academic year with a workshop conducted for faculty, administration, and staff of the COE. The workshop raised awareness of the diverse nature of P-12 students (and connected this awareness with bringing these students to higher levels of learning). Diversity was also defined more broadly to include race, gender, cultural background, religion, geographical area of origin, disability, sexual preference, and traditional/non-traditional family structure. In response to expressed interest a survey was conducted in the summer of 2003 (Bradfield, 2003). It was administered to all faculty, administrators, and staff, as well as to current and former students, who both dropped out as well as graduated.

Author's Biographies

Dr. Rochelle P. Ripple is a Professor of Education at Columbus State University in the Department of Teacher Education. Her current research interests include diversity in education and education of at-risk students.

Dr. Jose' A. Villavicencio is an Associate Professor of Education at Columbus State University in the Department of Teacher Education. His current research interests include second language instruction and diversity in education.

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