ERIC Number: ED393800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Education: The Key to Global Unity.
Singleton, Dorothy Lee
This paper describes multiculturalism courses in teacher education at Bethany College (California) and at the University of Southern Mississippi and argues that an increasingly global society creates the need for unity that can be achieved through multicultural education, which if effectively designed and implemented enlightens individuals to the importance of multiple perspectives. The paper discusses reasons why multicultural education is necessary and notes that the majority of individuals training for careers in teaching at Bethany College are females of Euro-American descent. The paper also describes efforts at Bethany College to infuse multicultural awareness and appreciation along with the Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) strategies. In a social studies methods course at the University of Southern Mississippi students read and reacted to two pieces of assigned multicultural literature, met in cooperative groups, and kept reflective dialogue journals. Students also formed pairs to recall and discuss critical incidents in which they had witnessed prejudice or an unkind act directed toward someone because of difference in gender, cultural affiliation, age, or socioeconomic status. Finally, the paper mentions that preservice teachers implemented integrative thematic social studies units that they had developed in culturally diverse classrooms near the university. The paper closes by arguing that future teachers must have a better understanding of other cultures so that they can provide an optimal education for all of their students, regardless of their cultural backgrounds. Furthermore, because we live in a culturally diverse society, it is critical that students not only develop an understanding and an appreciation of other cultures, but that they also possess skills that will enable them to function within diverse societies whether at home or abroad. (Contains 30 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Bethany College CA; University of Southern Mississippi
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (8th, Amritsar, India, December 29, 1995-January 4, 1996).