Multicultural Education: A Sourcebook

Multicultural Education: A Sourcebook

Multicultural Education: A Sourcebook

Multicultural Education: A Sourcebook

Synopsis

The authors' present essays and annotations on a number of issues related to multicultural education. Inherent in the authors' definition of multicultural education is a commitment to create a more just and equitable society for all people.

Excerpt

This source book contains essays and annotations about many aspects of multicultural education. The authors define multicultural education as process-oriented learning experiences that foster educational equity, awareness of and respect for the diversity of our society and world, and commitment to create a more just and equitable society for all people. Multicultural education, therefore, is relevant to all children and their families; all teaching, curricular, and administrative decisions; and every aspect of local and national educational policy.

The concept of multicultural education has evolved over the past 35 years. From the desegregation and the ethnic studies movements of the 1960s and 1970s emerged a recognition that all children must learn to live in a diverse world. In the middle 1970s the term multicultural education began to appear in the literature, as educators articulated its definition and implications for teaching practice. The first edition of this book, published in 1989, focused on the development of multicultural education during and after 1976. In the years since its publication, the field of multicultural education has grown in both breadth and depth. Many movements that were once distinct from multicultural education, such as critical theory, environmental education, and gay and lesbian rights, have now come under the multicultural umbrella. The focus of the field has also shifted from appreciating and integrating cultural and racial diversity to profoundly criticizing long-standing economic, social, and political injustices that affect children's learning and prospects and the quality of their schools.

As the field of multicultural education has expanded, the numbers of materials related to it have grown exponentially. Most publishing houses now have several multicultural titles and some have whole series dedicated to these issues. Teachers and teacher educators are confronted by burgeoning arrays of multicul-

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