Integrating Web2Quest technologies into multicultural education courses in Taiwan : a potential for globalization Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to investigate three research questions: (1) What are the attitudes and beliefs of the pre-service teachers and teacher educators regarding multicultural education, and how do the teacher educators prepare the pre-service teachers to meet the needs of diverse K-12 students in Taiwan? (2) To what extent is there integration of Web 2.0 technologies in their multicultural education courses in the three teacher education programs in Taiwan? and (3) What are the perceptions of the teacher educators and the pre-service teachers regarding the opportunities and challenges of using Web2Quests to facilitate multicultural education? Based on the framework of social constructivism, the study employed both qualitative and quantitative techniques to answer the three research questions. The three universities were selected for data collection because of their strong, well-defined undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. The research design included administering the Teacher Multicultural Attitude Survey and a Web2Quest Questionnaire, conducting focus group discussions with pre-service teachers and one-on-one interviews with teacher educators, analyzing the researcher's field notes, and reviewing the pre-service teachers' final Web2Quest projects. The findings of the study indicated that the majority of the pre-service teacher and teacher educator participants had positive attitudes toward multicultural education and the implementation of Web2Quest technologies into multicultural education courses. The teacher educators stated the belief that Web2Quest technologies could connect the pre-service teachers to a global audience to broaden their worldviews. Participants suggested that professional development is needed to help teachers design effective Web2Quests. This professional development may have a significant impact when preparing teachers and, ultimately, students to be productive global citizens.
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