Multicultural Teaching Knowledge Repository for Educators (MuTKRE)
Award year: 2003-2004
In the United States, educators and students face a monumental challenge related to multicultural teaching competencies and information technology (McAnear, 2003). While many schools are engaged in significant reform efforts as they relate to shared governance (Marzano, 2003), assessment (Kean, 1996), curriculum (Slavin, Madden, Dolan, & Wasik, 1996), and pedagogy (Darling-Hammond, 1997), few are incorporating multicultural education and information technology as a strategy to confront the increasing tensions found on school campuses. Given the enormous diversity found today in many public schools, research suggests that multicultural education and information technology are powerful tools for pre-service and in-service educators to embrace issues of difference (Sleeter & Tettegah, 2002). By multicultural competencies, the researcher means helping an educator better understand, care about, and act on moral, ethical, cultural, and citizenship values. Additionally, quality multicultural education cultivates qualities that will help a student become a success in the workplace, in society, and in the academic curriculum. By cultural education, the researcher means helping educators learn about the language, religion, laws heritage, history, technology, etc. of a single culture (intra-cultural education), multiple cultures (inter-cultural education), a single aspect of culture, e.g., religion, across multiple cultures (cross-cultural education), and issues of cultural identify, access, and equity (multi-cultural education). Multicultural education strengthens tolerance, respect for diversity, social harmony and a deeper understanding of a culturally plural society. By information technology, the researcher means information literacy skills such as using the World Wide and the Internet. The researcher hopes to improve educators' knowledge about the evolution and social significance of information technology and multicultural education and social justice by developing a knowledge repository where educators can access and dialogue on cultural issues that are related to classroom practices. The multicultural teaching knowledge repository portal will consist of:
- A database of text and graphical reference articles and animated vignettes
- E-learning delivery system
- Collaboration spaces
- Knowledge Exchange
Tomorrow's schools and other workplace environments will increasingly demand workers that possess information technology literacy skills and will also demand that those same workers be able to interact in an increasingly diverse workforce. To meet tomorrow's demand this proposal seeks to develop a repository of information and build additional small scale multimedia animations using technology via the World Wide Web. The repository portal will enable educators to deliver and connect cultural communities throughout the world. By improving multicultural education using information technology among today's educators, the researcher may help to reduce barriers that keep women and minorities from choosing future careers in IT and may help provide equality of digital opportunity for youth of diverse backgrounds (Solomon, Allen & Resta, 2002).