Exploring the University Student Teachers’ Perception of their Knowledge and Ability to Teach a Diverse Population of Learners: A Comparative Study between South Africa, Sweden and United States American College

Anita M Dutrow, Monica Norberg, Mabatho Sedibe

Abstract


In this paper, a comparative study between South Africa, Sweden, and the United States, on exploring the University Student Teachers’ perception of their knowledge and ability to teach a diverse population of Learners is presented. . The research design used was a comparative research methods, using descriptive statistics carried out at a University in South Africa, in Swedish University, and in an U.S. American College. Teacher students have been followed in their approaches about diversity. Both these three universities in SA, Sweden and U.S have more or less similar ideas regarding diversity in the teacher education programme. For example, students in this study have emphasized that different language groups in the classroom are beneficial to the cultural development of the class and societies. Based on this statement, it can thus be concluded by saying that internationally the perceptions on diversity in teacher education is the same ,so more international comparative research should be further conducted in that regard

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n20p1701


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