ERIC Number: ED357702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Feminist Thought as a Source of Critique and Reconceptualization of Multiculturalism in Higher Education.
Bensimon, Estela Mara
This paper uses feminist theory in exploring multicultural change in academic institutions of higher education. It argues that multiculturalism, while attaining increased acceptance in academic institutions, is actually being shaped to fit into the established organizational parameters without any discomfort to or real change within the organization. Insights are used from feminist thinking to construct a critique of the institutional strategies being used on some college campuses to bring about multicultural organizational change. These insights serve as a focus for examination of current approaches being used in multicultural education in three areas: (1) the trouble with additive approaches; (2) the trouble with bipolar differences; and (3) the trouble with the problematics that define multicultural education. The paper concludes with the argument that as long as academic institutions attempt to implement multicultural education without first coming to terms with the presence of racism, sexism, and heterosexist "micropractices" on their campuses, then they only deceive themselves and harm their students. Contains 11 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, University Park, PA.