Jiyoon Yoon

Asynchronous Online Culture Tellers (A-SOCuTe) for Teacher Candidates of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students


Jiyoon Yoon, PhD
Associate Professor of Science Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education

This study designs an innovative online instructional model, A-synchronous Online Cultural Tellers (A-SOCuTe) and measures its effects on teacher candidates’ confidence in teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) learners and their understanding other culture and developing their skills of multicultural/diverse Science Lessons. For the study, the 26 teacher candidates of the online Science and Math teacher license program participate in web-based discussion sessions through an asynchronous tool (VoiceThread) with one of three cultural professionals who share their culture and history. The data from the self-efficacy and the reflection survey result in that, through the A-SOCuTe, the teacher candidates experience interdisciplinary activities to understand other culture and education, including history, politics, art, music, dance, food, clothes, housing, geography, and education, learn science concepts behind the culture, and create multicultural/diverse lessons.