ERIC Number: ED272587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Socioeconomic Cultural Pluralism: Its Meaning for the Future and Education.
Suzuki, Bob H.
Multicultural education is defined in this paper, and recommendations are presented for translating this definition into educational practice. The paper is divided into three major parts. In the first part, the historical background of the concept of multicultural education is described. Different theories of cultural pluralism are discussed and criticized on several grounds. A new "socioeconomic" ideal of cultural pluralism is described which involves the replacement of centralized bureaucracies, large corporations, and over-congested urban centers by a decentralized system of self-governing communities. This ideal society, it is argued, may be unrealizable, yet it can serve as the basis for conceptualizing multicultural education, which is defined as a multidisciplinary educational program providing multiple learning environments that properly match the widely varying academic, social, and linguistic needs of students. This section concludes by outlining student and teacher goals for realizing this definition. The second part of the paper lists guidelines for translating the conceptual framework into classroom practice in elementary and secondary schools. The third part of the paper discusses the relationship between multicultural education and international studies, and how to extend the framework for multicultural education to international studies. Guidelines are provided for developing a total curriculum (grades K-12) around the concepts of (1) democracy-equality, (2) cross-cultural understanding, (3) interdependence-global survival, and (4) socio-cultural change. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA. National Origin Desegregation Assistance (Lau) Center.
Note: In: Educational and Societal Futures: Meeting the Technological Demands of the 1990s. Proceedings of a Conference (Anaheim, California, April 28, 1983); see UD 024 362.