A Multicultural Experience What is an African American?

A Multicultural Experience: What is it to be African American? by Dr. Deswin R. Gbala

This is to offer a presentation on multicultural education to faculty, staff and students. This presentation will address existing stereotypes about minorities, and more specifically what is coined as "African American". The purpose of this presentation is to provide strategies that will reduce cultural learning barriers and increase understanding through the effective use of Diversity Pedagogy Theory.

Dr. Gbala graduated from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin with a Doctorate in Education Leadership. His Dissertation is titled Challenging Cultural Barriers in Higher Education. It was a study on how a university instructor used diversity pedagogy to reduce learning barriers. This Dissertation can be purchased on our website store at www.bobulogic.com or www.luvucusoon.com.

Abstract: This study examined one methods course in one teacher education program, which incorporated Diversity Pedagogy Theory (DPT) to prepare pre-service teachers to teach secondary English. One course instructor and two pre-service teachers were interviewed to find whether DPT affected pre-service teachers' teaching practices and helped them reduce cultural learning barriers through multicultural education. Data were analyzed according to a matrix of eight dimensions aligned with pedagogical practices and student behaviors. Findings showed participants' preferences for instructional practices, social awareness, assessment, diverse methods, content knowledge, and identity pedagogy. The researcher provided eleven recommendations and a reflection.

This presentation will last 55 minutes. The honorarium is negotiable.