ERIC Number: ED364760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: 0
Multiculturalism in the TAFE Paraprofessisonal Curriculum. Multicultural and Crosscultural Supplementation Program 1991 National Project.
A review identified how the paraprofessional curricula of Technical and Further Education, Training, and Employment Queensland (TAFE-TEQ) aligned with the objectives of the Multicultural and Crosscultural Supplementation Program (MACSP). (MACSP was a program of Australia's National Policy on Languages.) The study also explained the acceptance or nonacceptance of MACSP initiatives in those curricula. Those contacted displayed greatly varying attitudes: some respondents were ambivalent, some aware of the program, some antagonistic, others committed to multicultural objectives. TAFE representatives believed that MACSP's primary objectives were unlikely to be addressed in the real world. Although respondents claimed it required expertise to discern cultural characteristics, many said that the nature of the student and the workplace are taken into account when planning TAFE-TEQ programs. They generally believed that actively seeking advice from minority groups in the curriculum development process was too time consuming. The general response of mainstream programs to multicultural objectives amounted to expressions of interest with very few people attempting to describe the multicultural teaching practices or the nature of multicultural work practices in paraprofessional positions. Some participants at an inservice seminar on MACSP indicated they were neither convinced about nor committed to the agenda of multiculturalism. (Appendixes include a 43-item bibliography, notes on the methodology, and list of 97 current directories, bibliographies, guides, and literature reviews.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Training, Curriculum Development, Educational Discrimination, Educational Policy, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education, Paraprofessional Personnel, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Racial Discrimination, Teacher Attitudes, Technical Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd., 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Queensland)