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ERIC Number: ED185657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculums for a Pluralistic Nation.
Tkach, Nick
The influx of Eastern European immigrants during the nineteenth century in Canada elicited hostility and bigotry from the dominant population. Educators aimed for assimilation of immigrants into the mainstream of Canadian society and used the school curriculum to inculcate nationalism. Up to the 1940s and 1950s, Canadian history-education and social studies stressed the greatness of the British Empire. By the 1970s, the emphasis on chauvinism was replaced by indoctrination of minorities with middle class values. Today however, multicultural education is being supported by the federal government, and the provinces too are promoting cultural pluralism in education through programs like the Alberta People Program. As such programs are implemented, problems have arisen because the educational philosophy behind multiculturalism has not been clearly defined, study units are not based on a well-delineated theory of curriculum development, and teachers have been left out of the curriculum design. To rectify the situation, new directions in educational theory must be developed, and the role of the teacher in curriculum design must be expanded. Teachers involved in such pedagogical design must keep in mind the importance of continuity, interest, and activity. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada