NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds

EDUC 600




Instructor: Stacy Duffield

Grading: Letter

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - Friday, August 07, 2015

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $375 + textbook

Course Description:

This class places emphasis on cultural diversity and teaching diverse students including Native Americans. Strategies for creating learning environments that contribute to positive human relationships, and strategies for teaching and assessing diverse learners are included.”


The teacher candidates will…

  1. Analyze examples of culturally based privilege, power, and discrimination and explain the effects of these on individuals and our society.
  2. Evaluate one’s own culture, including its strengths and limitations and how this culture has influenced one’s own perspectives and experiences.
  3. Identify the history, traditions, and perspectives of various ethnic groups, especially those in ND.
  4. Identify benefits and limitations of various instructional strategies for use with students of diverse backgrounds
  5. Consider different points of view concerning culture & educational practices.
  6. Identify materials and strategies that support the learning styles and cultural values of students from diverse backgrounds.
  7. Reflect on diversity focused activities designed for increasing awareness of social justice issues.
  8. Reflect their ability to promote safety and fairness for all students in school environments.
  9. Implement appropriate strategies with ELL students in an educational setting.
  10. Develop personal understandings of diversity through field-based experiences.

Required Text:

Nieto, S., & Bode, P. (2011). Affirming diversity: The sociopolitical context of multicultural education. New York: Pearson.

Textbook can be ordered from the NDSU Bookstore, 231-7761 or from http://www.amazon.com.

About The Instructor

Stacy Duffield
Stacy Duffield

Stacy Duffield earned her Ph.D. in Secondary/Higher Education from the University of North Dakota. Her M.Ed. In Reading Education was awarded from the University of North Dakota.  Dr. Stacy Duffield has been an Associate Professor at the School of Education at NDSU for 5 years and was an Assistant Professor at the NDSU School of Education for 6 years. Stacy teaches undergraduate and graduate level teacher preparation courses, coordinates the Teacher Education program, coordinates the School of Education assessment and accreditation efforts, supervises student teachers, and researches scholarly writing for publication. Stacy taught in public high schools schools for nine years before starting her career in higher education. Stacy's work has been published in numerous scholarly publications including the Journal of Chemical Education, Middle School Journal, Innovative Higher Education, The Journal of Social Studies Research, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Journal of Education for Business, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, The Encyclopedia of Rural America, Teacher Development, and Current Issues in Education. 

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