ERIC Number: ED259858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Multiethnic Perspectives on Education.
Darity, Evangeline R.
Despite attempts by educators to implement sound programs in multiethnic education, there is conceptual confusion, philosophical conflict, and widespread disagreement about what should be the proper role of public schools and universities in the ethnic education of students, in recognition of minority groups, which include, but are not limited to, Afro-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and American Indians. Multiethnic education encompasses the study of ethnic cultures and experiences, institutional changes within school settings to provide equal educational opportunities, and promoting the concept of ethnic diversity. Goals for multiethnic education include providing all students with skills, attitudes, and knowledge to function within their ethnic culture, the mainstream culture, and within and across other ethnic cultures; helping mastery of essential reading, writing, and computational skills; reducing the pain and discrimination experienced in school and the wider society because of unique racial, physical, and cultural characteristics; and aiding students in reaching their potential. Educators need social and cultural awareness training which includes development of interpersonal skills to understand cultural differences and perspectives of minority students. Without endorsement from governmental and educational policy makers and opinion leaders, financial support for multiethnic education and transformation of desegregated schools into truly integrated schools cannot occur. (NEC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Relations, Global Approach, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Postsecondary Education, Teacher Responsibility, Whites
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the National Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors (Milwaukee, WI, April 10-13, 1985).