Bauml’s Research on Urban Teacher Education Featured
Dr. Michelle Bauml discusses her research and the College of Education’s work to prepare new teachers for diverse settings in the Spring 2016 issue of TCU Endeavors magazine. Bauml coordinates the Early Childhood program, which received the 2015 Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
“[The program] is intentional about providing students with experiences observing, teaching and learning in a variety of diverse contexts,” said Bauml. “We were so proud to receive the award, because it’s such a public statement to the education community that TCU is doing exemplary work.”
Bauml saw inequities in schools firsthand, working with beginning teachers in the Houston Independent School District. She strives to give preservice teachers the ongoing support they need to become exemplary teachers. A U.S. Department of Education National Center for Educational Statistics study released last year found that 1 in 10 teachers left the profession after teaching for one year, and that number nearly doubled after four years of teaching. The study also reported that the percentage of beginning teachers who were currently teaching was larger among those who were assigned a first-year mentor than those who weren’t.
In Bauml’s own research, she learned that students “are concerned about spending their first critical year as a teacher in such a challenging context as well as racial and cultural barriers and student misbehavior.”
Through research, writing and teaching, she works to identify and address students’ fears about teaching in culturally diverse settings.
“All children deserve excellent teachers, no matter where they attend school,” said Bauml.