ERIC Number: ED204192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Education in the 80s: Multiethnic Education.
Banks, James A., Ed.
The document contains 14 articles focusing on multiethnic education. The objective is to help teachers and other educators attain the insights and conceptual understanding needed to prepare students to function effectively within the world community. Multiethnic education is defined as the process used by educational institutions to reform their environments so that students from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds will experience educational equity. Chapters one and two define the nature of multiethnic education and measure the distance between societal and school curricula. Chapter three provides insights into the planning necessary for teacher preparation. Chapters four and five describe the conflict between the home cultures of the students and the culture of the school and focus on viewing ethnic identities and group behaviors as positive sources of strength. Chapter six describes the conflict between the learning styles of ethnic students and those favored by the school. Chapter seven discusses language diversity while chapter eight emphasizes awareness as the way to become an effective cross-cultural counselor. Chapters nine and ten suggest alternatives to traditional testing and explain goals and characteristics of the multiethnic curriculum. Chapter eleven describes one program, while chapter twelve focuses on school-community cooperation. The final two chapters discuss traditional assumptions about schooling and suggest guidelines for training teachers. An afterword highlights key points and proposes needed actions. (CK)
Descriptors: Counseling Techniques, Cultural Background, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Multicultural Education, School Community Relationship, Socioeconomic Influences, Teacher Education, Testing
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.