ERIC Number: ED171652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
New Dimensions in Multicultural Education.
Clothier, Grant; And Others
This booklet discusses and offers solutions for some of the educational problems growing out of the diverse nature of schools in the United States. Chapter I describes the society as a multicultural one in which a wide discrepancy exists between ideals and practices. A multicultural society is made up of many groups with varying degrees of common attitudes and behaviors based on attributes such as race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, language, and income. Chapter II offers a rationale for multicultural education. Objectives of multicultural education are to help students develop more adequate and harmonious outlooks on life and to heighten their capacity to think independently. To function effectively in a multicultural setting, teachers need 1) to understand both their own and their pupils' environment and culture; 2) to be aware of their own and their students' anxieties, insecurities, attitudes, and prejudices; and 3) to possess teaching skills consistent with the purposes of multicultural education. Chapter III describes various curriculum models and teaching strategies, while Chapter IV outlines a conceptual framework for optimum teacher education. The final chapter translates some of the concepts outlined in the previous chapters into practical techniques that can be used by teacher education institutions in preparing teachers for multicultural schools. A junior high resource unit for language arts is included in an appendix. (CK)
Descriptors: Community Study, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Democratic Values, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Essays, Ethnicity, Higher Education, Models, Multicultural Education, Program Descriptions, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Responsibility, Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills
Midwest Educational Training and Research Organization, 617 West 33rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111 ($3.50 per copy)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Midwest Educational Training and Research Organization, Kansas City, MO.