Using Simulation Based Learning to Increase Multicultural Awareness in Educators
Abstract: Data gathered from 440 preservice and inservice teacher educators on the Multicultural Awareness Questionnaire (MAQ), before and after practicing teaching via simSchool multicultural education modules, confirmed significant (p < .05) gains from pretest to post test in three of the six areas assessed by the MAQ. Analyses reconfirmed that many of the originally-developed clusters of items from the MAQ continue to produce reliable measurement scales 25 years after their creation. Findings provide credible evidence that increased multicultural awareness during teaching activities can be produced through technology-based teaching simulations, offering new avenues for fostering greater acceptance of diversity and further enabling quality learning for all students.
Presider: Gerald Knezek, Univ of North Texas