How Do Teacher Education Courses Discuss Structurally, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse Families?

  • Anni K Reinking Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville
Keywords: Coursework, Teacher education, Diversity, Mindset


In this review of textbooks designed for university courses for early childhood educators, the researcher found three themes. The themes were family inclusivity, reflection, and classroom activities. These themes were found after a process of discovery and coding. While the nine textbooks included in this study all had pros and cons, this study also made evident that one textbook is not always appropriate for a specific college course. The findings from this study have implications for many stakeholders including university faculty, teacher education majors, administrators, teachers, families, and students.

Author Biography

Anni K Reinking, Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville

Anni K. Reinking, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Dr. Reinking’s research involves investigating multicultural education in early childhood classrooms and teacher preparation programs. Additionally, she researchers how virtual learning environments can improve teacher preparation programs and the implementation of instructional strategies.