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Teachers Looking for Help in the Growing Diversity of Student Body

First-year educators feel themselves well prepared in aspects like direct instruction and classroom management, according to a survey report (pdf) from the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality and Public Agenda, but confirm they were ill-equipped to deal with the growing ethnic and racial diversity in the American schools, and special learning needs of children in their classrooms.

Most teachers say although, they were trained in teaching an ethnically diverse student body, fewer than 4 in 10 say that their training "helps them a lot in the classroom."

Rachel Gang has first reported about this findings at teachermagazine.org and she shows up charts from two particular questions:

*Was how to teach an ethnically diverse student body covered in your classroom?. 76 % answered YES.

*How much did this training help? 52% said "Just a little"

The report based on interviews of 641 first-year teachers, found that although 76 percent had received instruction in teaching ethnically diverse students, only 39 percent said that the training significantly helped them in the classroom. Findings were similar for teaching special-needs children. Nearly 82 percent of the new teachers were taught to work with children with special-needs, but only 47 percent said the training helped 'a lot.'

Respondents were given a list of proposals to improve teacher quality, they ranked two items significantly on top of the others: reducing class sizes and training in adapting instruction to meet the needs of a diverse classroom.

Second one can be easily solved. The first, it all depends of governments funds, hard to get it with the No Child Left Behind program.

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