ERIC Number: ED129698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Group Identity, Multiethnicity and Cultural Variations in Education. "Controversial Issues Kit" No. 3.
Risinger, C. Frederick
This kit provides a summary of a scholarly paper, discussion questions, and activities to promote constructive debate between scholars and ethnic groups about the concepts of cultural identity and multiethnicity in American education. Although in the early 1900s the political ideal of "The Great American Melting Pot" discouraged bilingual-bicultural approaches, a few schools managed to provide cultural education. German and Polish-American schools are examples. Only in the past two decades has the concept of "multiethnic education" influenced the philosophy and curriculum of American schools. Research shows that bilingual and multiethnic programs strengthen children's development and that learning from a child's cultural mode can be destructive. An important concern is that community groups are able to participate in educational decision making. Among discussion questions are why is the school singled out as the primary social institution for achieving a pluralistic society, and what pros and cons of multicultural education can be identified. Related activities include role-playing the concerns of an immigrant family and educators who promote bilingual programs, and identifying social agents other than schools which promote cultural pluralism. (AV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Cultural Background, Cultural Pluralism, Discussion, Educational Anthropology, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Group Activities, Intercultural Programs, Minority Groups, School Community Relationship, Second Language Learning
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Jewish Committee, New York, NY. Inst. on Pluralism and Group Identity.
Note: For related documents, see SO 009 475-477