ERIC Number: ED152926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-30
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for the Advancement of Cultural Pluralism.
Valverde, Leonard A.
This paper presents the findings of a one year national study. The research was directed at determining the status of culturally pluralistic programs in 29 urban school districts across the United States. Statistical and descriptive information was gathered from 130 urban school districts by means of questionnaires and observation teams. Among the factors which assisted in the implementation of culturally pluralistic programs are the following: (1) reliance on a combination of highly qualified staff and strong district commitment, (2) a large competent instructional staff performing well defined roles, (3) the promotion of parental, student and community involvement, and (4) staff training. There are six strategies which school districts will have to undertake in order to renew and reform urban instructional programs to provide adequate education to the ever increasing number of culturally pluralistic communities. They are as follows: (1) school district commitment, (2) the development of a new philosophy emphasizing enrichment activities, (3) comprehensive planning, (4) hiring for diversity, (5) differentiated staff development, and (6) formative evaluation. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, 30 March, 1978)