ERIC Number: ED170907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
Preparation of Educational Administrators in a Multicultural Nation--Political, Social and Historical Perspectives.
Gue, Leslie R.
Canada has been throughout its history a multicultural nation as evidenced by its two official languages, and the French Canadian Roman Catholic school and English Canadian Protestant schools publicly supported in many parts of Canada. Since confederation, both legislative and administrative acts have attempted to meet multicultural needs. For example, both a Catholic and Protestant minister of education were appointed in 1964. Legislative action includes laws regarding Indian education, the Official Languages Act of 1969, and Quebec's Bill 101. Sociocultural problems in Canada concern such issues as tax support for separate schools, the Manitoba school question, and Hutterite, Mennonite, and Doukhobor schools. In spite of Canada's multiculturalism, very little has been written on the preparation of school administrators for multicultural education. Although the old apprenticeship system for preparing educational administrators is being replaced by one requiring a graduate degree in education, multicultural needs are not now a part of this course of study. The development in educational leaders of understanding and respect for other cultures is needed. A multicultural training program should contain a theory component concerning such concepts as culture, ethnocentrism, and stereotyping and an experiential component including such activities as intercultural communication workshops, internships in culturally based ethnic organizations, and simulation games and exercises. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; English Canadians; French Canadians; Official Language Act (Canada); Quebec Bill 101
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)