ERIC Number: ED286791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb-15
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Pluralism and the Schools: Theoretical Implications for the Promotion of Cultural Pluralism.
Stickel, George W.
Ethnic differences are valuable to the well-being of society, but it is difficult to determine how to transmit this cultural value from one generation to another. The development of the value of cultural pluralism is dependent upon the development of both a comprehensive theory of cultural pluralism and a model of cultural transmission which focus on the breadth, depth, and changes of ethnic groups within society. Four conditions must be met for cultural pluralism to thrive: (1) cultural diversity must be present within society; (2) interaction must exist between and among groups; (3) co-existing groups must share approximately equal political, economic, and educational opportunity; and (4) society must value cultural diversity. Since all aspects of cultural pluralism and transmission are constantly in a state of flux, the resultant effect is that each group and society itself continually evolves or changes. Some groups are assimilated, others form, and still others grow larger. Lack of representation of minorities in the teaching force limits the potential for affirmation of pluralism. If cultural diversification exists within a group, the potential for pluralistic values increases. Students must be taught that there are benefits in cultural awareness, and, while classroom learning situations should focus on the major values of society itself, an understanding of the value of differences should be promoted. (JHP)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Cultural Images, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Traits, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Studies, Ethnicity, Ethnocentrism, Ethnography, Ethnology, Intercultural Programs, Multicultural Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Washington, DC, February 15, 1987).