American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Diversity Education, Practicum Experience for Preservice Teachers
Jeffery Cherry

Between 1995 and 2005, the minority population in American public schools increased by almost 1,000,000 students and 8% of the total student population. By the year 2023, minority students are projected to account for more than 55% of the public school total populous within the United States. This upsurge of minority students has raised concerns with researchers and teacher educators about efficaciously preparing preservice teachers while increasing teacher retention. Education professionals and researchers suggest participation in a diverse practicum experience as a viable solution to address this concern. This research paper investigates the effects of preservice teacher’s participation in practicum experiences, diversity education, and cultural immersion. It also provides statistical data in regards to student and teacher demographics with the U.S public schools.

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