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ERIC Number: ED133282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Multiethnic Education: A Vehicle for Educational Reform.
Banks, James A.
This document discusses the goals of multiethnic education, its usefulness for educational reform, and common practices in multiethnic programs. There is a need for all children to learn about other cultures in order to gain greater understanding by viewing themselves from different perspectives. Teachers of multiethnic education should try to counter prejudices and stereotypes which children learn involuntarily from the media, adults, and society. Merely focusing on ethnic holidays and minority group heroes does not provide students with a conceptual interdisciplinary perspective on particular ethnic groups. Multiethnic education should reach beyond classroom curricula to include ethnic diversity in school staff, attitudes, teaching strategies and materials, testing and counseling, and school norms. As a vehicle for educational reform, multiethnic education provides an opportunity for conceptual teaching, value inquiry, and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of social issues. A bibliography of nine recommended resources is included. (AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Washington, D.C., November 4-7, 1976)