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Assessing Instructors' Practices and their Perceptions Towards Multicultural Education Strategies


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This study was focused on perceived practices Bahir Dar University (BDU) instructors have in multicultural education strategies and the challenges they are facing while putting the these strategies into effect. In so doing,54 instructors were selected purposefully from two colleges and two faculties, namely Science and Education and behavioral science colleges, and humanities and social science faculties respectively. The researcher employed qualitative research approach and open ended questionnaire was designed and used as data gathering tool. In this present study, instructors in BDU have mentioned tremendous factors that would have influenced both their practices of and their attitudes to multicultural education strategies which could be possibly categorized as attitudinal problems, knowledge and skills related problems, lack of experiences, awareness and lack of training on curriculum issues as well as limited physical facilities and resources. Besides instructors were found to be unable to employ diversity sensitive pedagogy during their planning, instruction and evaluation are reported to be serious problems most of them have been shown regardless of their experiences. In addition, interviewed student teachers and instructors have confirmed the existence of the problems that have been revealed from the open ended questionnaire results. Finally based on the findings, brief summary, conclusions and recommendations were forwarded.

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Multicultural Education Services, Practice, Attitude, Challenges.
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Authors

Kassa Gulie Worku
Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, College of Education and Behavioral sciences Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Alemayehu Bishaw Tamiru
Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, College of Education and Behavioral sciences Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Solomon Melese Mengiste
Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, College of Education and Behavioral sciences Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Abstract


This study was focused on perceived practices Bahir Dar University (BDU) instructors have in multicultural education strategies and the challenges they are facing while putting the these strategies into effect. In so doing,54 instructors were selected purposefully from two colleges and two faculties, namely Science and Education and behavioral science colleges, and humanities and social science faculties respectively. The researcher employed qualitative research approach and open ended questionnaire was designed and used as data gathering tool. In this present study, instructors in BDU have mentioned tremendous factors that would have influenced both their practices of and their attitudes to multicultural education strategies which could be possibly categorized as attitudinal problems, knowledge and skills related problems, lack of experiences, awareness and lack of training on curriculum issues as well as limited physical facilities and resources. Besides instructors were found to be unable to employ diversity sensitive pedagogy during their planning, instruction and evaluation are reported to be serious problems most of them have been shown regardless of their experiences. In addition, interviewed student teachers and instructors have confirmed the existence of the problems that have been revealed from the open ended questionnaire results. Finally based on the findings, brief summary, conclusions and recommendations were forwarded.

Keywords


Multicultural Education Services, Practice, Attitude, Challenges.

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