Cultures of Children
Teacher Education programs routinely include a course that focuses on the amazing and wonderful diversity inherent in the world's populations. Embedded in Ohio Christian University's accreditation program was a challenge from TEAC team member, Dr. Jon Wergin of Antioch University, to create a class that sought out cultural diversity. The Teacher Education faculty went a step further, seeking answers to the question, "How does cultural diversity affect children's learning?
The upshot of all this was the formation of the TE 324 class, Cultures of Children. This vital learning experience would not be possible without the generous help of Aaron and Emily Starr and their organization, Reaching the Nations International, which ministers to the Milo-Grogan neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio in Jesus’ name. Children needing encouragement in improving their reading and writing skills have come together with these teacher candidates for tutoring and fellowship, resulting in the development of a most delightful bond.
The TE 324 class is scheduled for OCU teacher candidates following successful completion of the first and most fundamental literacy class in their Early Childhood or Middle Childhood programs. Skills in prompting, encouraging and developing meaning, plus taking and analyzing running records are necessary for the teacher candidates to affect positive change in these young readers and writers.
(Pictured about is OCU teacher candidate Kayla Arnold reading with a student.)
OCU offers four degree programs in the area of Teacher Education.