Educators and Cultural Competency: Multicultural Education and Training
Tzoc, P. (Worcester State University), Piedmonte, M. (Worcester State
University), & Camacho, K. A. (Worcester State University)
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Super cool presentation style, and really interesting question! Was your first (non-significant) correlation between the yes/no question and a Likert scale item? If so, you should re-run that as a t-test instead of a correlation to see if there’s a difference between the yes and no groups. Also, I wonder whether you have any thoughts about how to encourage the people who rated their multicultural education as low to pursue professional development training? Those might be the people who need it the most!
Hi Dr. Hansen-Brown, thank you for your comment and question! It was a non-significant correlation between the two variables. In regards to a t-test for this specific question, we did not plan on running a t-test due to the insignificance of the correlational relationship, however it is important to consider for further research. Thank you for the suggestion.
As for considerations for encouraging those who rated their multicultural education as low to pursue further professional development, our survey did not address motivations or interventions strategies so I would only be speculating without data to support that. We were interested in exploring professionalization differences first, so that was the focus. We were interested in investigating current practices rather than exploring future interventions at this stage. However, is important to possibly to consider districts to highly encourage or require training to implement best practices within the classroom and community. And, this would be important for us to consider exploring in future.