ERIC Number: ED374194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Making Multicultural Education Work. The Language and Education Library 7.
The implications of critical multiculturalism for practice are illustrated through the ethnographic study of Richmond Road School, an inner-city elementary school in Auckland (New Zealand). Richmond Road, under the leadership of its Maori principal James Laughton, developed a critically conceived, reflective, and holistic conception of multiculturalism through a process of whole-school reform. The school's approach demonstrates how critical theory and practice can be effectively combined in a model of multicultural education that offers considerable hope for change. This model can be achieved if the advocacy of cultural pluralism associated with the field is complemented by a recognition of the need for structural pluralism, that is structural or institutional change in the school. Outlines of various policies of Richmond Road School are presented as examples of organizational reform that can be applied elsewhere. Particularly interesting is the school's family-grouping ("ropu") structure that places students of various ages together in differing kinds of bilingual education. (Contains 130 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Critical Theory, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Inner City, Instructional Leadership, Multicultural Education, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand