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Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: A Retrospective and Prospective Analysis


by Ana María Villegas & Tamara Lucas — 2004

In this chapter, we argue that increasing the racial/ethnic diversity of the teacher workforce should be a key component of any system that aims to supply schools with well-prepared teachers for all students. We first explain why we think attention and resources should be devoted to increasing the diversity of the teacher workforce. We then provide a brief account of minority teacher and student representation in U.S. public schools since 1950, followed by a discussion of the reasons why the percentage of minorities in the teacher workforce declined significantly during the 1970s and 1980s.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 103. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 13, 2004, p. 70-104
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18565, Date Accessed: 5/22/2017 1:17:17 PM

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  • Ana María Villegas
    Montclair State University
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    ANA MARIA VILLEGAS is Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at Montclair State University.
  • Tamara Lucas
    Montclair State University
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    TAMARA F. LUCAS is Professor of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University.
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