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ERIC Number: ED319549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 25
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A Case for the Integration of Multicultural Education into the Curricula of Small Southern Rural Colleges and Universities.
Mattai, P. Rudy
On the whole, members of racial minorities and low-income groups are less likely to do well in school and in the job market. This paper contends that the integration of multicultural education into the curricula of rural colleges and universities in the south may provide an environment that allows for some degree of equal opportunity among minority students. In the debate over the role of American educational institutions in the quest for justice and equality, one school of thought holds that the primary function of schooling has been the perpetuation of the core values held by society's dominant ideological group. This critiques illustrated by the case of the rural South. The South, especially the rural South, exhibits a distinct set of values that makes up the "selective tradition" in the curriculum and influences the "common sense" responses of graduates of Southern schools. This distinctiveness centers on race relations, religious influences, and nativistic attitudes. Multicultural education attempts to reform the educational structure through changes in favored learning styles, sanctioned languages and dialects, teaching materials, as well as moving the norms that permeate the school environment toward ethnic diversity using multicultural education as a "selective tradition" in the curriculum may counteract the overt and covert imposition of status quo ideologies and ameliorate the poor educational and employment outcomes of minority groups. This paper contains 101 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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