Piecing Together the Diversity Puzzle

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Vol: 7, Issue: 1

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Ripple, Rochelle; Villavicencio, Jose'
Diversity; Perspectives; Multicultural; Reflection; Curriculum and Instruction; Online and Distance Education; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Teacher Education and Professional Development
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Current literature focuses on the importance of listening to students’ voices and the insights they have on their experiences. According to Dewey (1916/1944), having interactions with other groups helps in the process of democratic growth because one is better able to understand other perspectives. Freire (1985) added another layer of richness to Dewey’s ideas about reflection and experience. He believed that people exist “in and with the world.” Fraser (1994) describes the need for different voices and different views in educating children in a public sphere of critical inquiry and multiple voices (different genders and people of all colors). In order to initiate a dialogue between teacher education students and diverse groups in the community, the College of Education Committee on Diversity has put together a series of on-campus activities and encouraged involvement in community events to piece together a multicultural puzzle and to provide support for students so they can excel in both course work and in field experiences.