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ERIC Number: ED166332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-21
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Obstacles to Multiculturalism: The Australian Experience.
Ramsay, William
Due to industrialization, urban growth and an increase in the migrant population, Australia has been transformed from a mono-cultural to a multi-cultural society. The inadequate response of the society to dealing with multi-culturalism has reached a crisis state. Social and educational changes must be instituted to resolve the tensions and conflicts of a multi-ethnic society. Successful change implies a search for legitimate social and educational values and expectations of ethnically different groups. Educators must recognize the Anglo-conformist dominance of education and revise their values with regard to the entire curriculum process. The educational system must be reconstructed in ethnic terms by (1) developing curriculum in conjunction with parents, children and community representatives; (2) incorporating ethnic teachers from overseas into the system; (3) creating resource centers to provide support services and design materials for 'migrant' teachers; (4) encouraging ethnically different teachers to teach their peers; (5) educating teachers to define their courses in cross-cultural terms; (6) extending student programs for ethnically specific teacher training in universities and colleges; and (7) evaluating the needs of ethnic groups of children in terms of the children's perception and expression of those needs. (WI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia
Note: Paper presented to the Congress on Education, Canadian School Trustees' Association (1st, Toronto, Ontario, June 21, 1978)