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ERIC Number: ED265250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Towards a Methodology for the Study of Australian Multi-Cultural Educational Approaches.
Benoit, J.; Cumming, Alan
This paper proposes a methodology for research on Australian multi-cultural education based on the idea that patterns of domination and subordination in the cross-cultural colonial context of the Third World countries can be examined to establish a comparative concept of cultural accommodation. The paper maintains that an examination of the attitudes, assumptions, and resulting interactions in the classical colonial relationship may help to increase understanding of the relationships between dominant and subordinate ethnic groups in the Australian situation. It is argued that the formulation of multicultural education policies at present relies on a subjective ethnocentrism on the part of the dominant group. Policies tend to assume that the culture of specific ethnic groups is readily identifiable and that appropriate educational programs can be formulated. Unless policy makers are more fully aware of the nature of cultural diversity and the cultural reality of individuals within minority ethnic groups, policies will continue to reflect the ideologically committed views of the majority culture. Initially, a distinction must be made between culture and ethnicity. Further elaboration of a theory of cultural accommodation may lead to greater insights into researchers' attitudes and values and how they are reflected in the Australian educational system, and may also inspire new approaches and methods in the schools. (CG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia