ERIC Number: ED178367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Pluralism and Citizen Education.
Wallace, Joan D., Ed.
Conference proceedings are presented which explored the relationship of cultural pluralism to citizen education. Discussants included members of federal offices, national organizations, state departments of education, and private foundations from the U.S. Office of Education, the Office of Bilingual Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Council for Educational Development and Research. Three major topics were examined: (1) the implications of ethnic pluralism for citizen education, (2) the school's responsibility for teaching the implications of ethnic pluralism in citizen education programs, and (3) immediate action which schools might take regarding instruction in the implications of ethnic pluralism as an element of citizen education. Discussion of the first topic covered definitions of citizen education, the benefits of bilingual education, and racism as an impediment to social change. Discussion of the second topic cited the need for access to equal educational opportunity, reduction of discrimination, awareness of cultural alternatives, and clarification of students' attitudes and self-concepts. The traditionally Anglocentric emphasis of school curriculum was identified as a barrier to recognizing true cultural pluralism. Discussion of the third topic emphasized the need for changes in social values, curriculum, and teacher education to promote acceptance of all cultural groups. (AV)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Bilingual Education, Citizenship, Conference Reports, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Racial Attitudes, School Role, Social Change
Publications Office, Research for Better Schools, Inc., Suite 1700, 1700 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 ($3.00, paper cover)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hazen Foundation, New Haven, CT.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: A Symposium discussion (Washington, D.C., February 10, 1978)