Teacher Candidates' Developing Beliefs About Diversity and Its Role in Effective Literacy Teaching Academic Article uri icon


  • This study explored teacher candidates understandings of diversity, equity, and equality, and how these beliefs differed throughout teacher preparation. Researchers surveyed teacher candidates at the beginning and at the completion of their program to compare responses to a question inquiring about student demographics in the context of literacy education. Researchers found that teacher candidates understandings of effective literacy instruction ranged within a continuum between stances of equity and equality, and that exiting candidates responses were more robust and descriptive. Implications include the need for a focus on multicultural education across teacher education programs to yield more equity based beliefs.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 2

author list (cited authors)

  • Kwok, M. N., Rios, A. R., Kwok, A., & Matthews, S. D.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Kwok, Michelle N||Rios, Ambyr R||Kwok, Andrew||Matthews, Sharon D

publication date

  • November 2021