International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1554-5210

Volume 5 Issue 3 (October 2009)

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pp. i - vi

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The Implementation of Project Citizen in Bolivian   Schools: Perspectives from Three Teacher  Educators

William Medina-Jerez, Carolyn Taylor & Carol Bryant

pp. 6 - 24

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The central aim of the present paper is to examine, from the Social Studies, Modern Languages, and Science Education perspectives, the role of the Project  Citizen  initiative in school communities of Bolivia. To that end, Project Citizen in Bolivia, during its first three years of implementation will be discussed, followed  by  views  from each field (Social Studies, Foreign  Languages,  and  Science  Education)  regarding the effect of this educational approach in  Bolivian  schools.  For  this  purpose, the four core values suggested by Robinson and Taylor (2007) will serve as a framework to explore student voice: 1. A conception of communication as  dialogue, The requirement for participation and democratic inclusivity,  3.  The recognition  that power relations are unequal and problematic,  and 4.  The  possibility for change  and transformation.

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Preservice Teachers’ Changes in Attitudes About Issues of   Language*

Hakan Dedeoglu , & Lamme, L., Linda

pp. 25 - 40

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Given the overwhelming body of research addressing the cultural gap between preservice teachers and the students they will ultimately teach, the research concerned the examination of preservice teachers’ attitudes toward to issues of  language  in  college classes so as to improve the multicultural aspect of educational courses.  We used statistical analyses of survey results filled out by two hundred seventy four preservice teachers as sources of data for addressing students’ changes of attitudes related to language issues. Statistical analyses of the data indicate the closing gap between students who had lower scores and higher scores on the pre surveys. The implications for multicultural education and, professional development are   discussed.

Keywords: Language, Multicultural education, Personal and Professional Beliefs, Diversity, Attitudes

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