ERIC Number: ED386410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
At the Essence of Learning: Multicultural Education.
This book is based on the simple premise that good teaching and multicultural teaching are indistinguishable. This premise is based on the belief that multicultural education is not a fringe or radical movement designed to threaten the basic mainstream of educational thought and practice. The child is the meaning-maker and that the teacher's task is to build structures and create strategies that help all children gather meaning from their surroundings. The key questions that guide discussion throughout the book are: (1) What is the relationship between principles of general and multicultural education? and (2) Why is it important for teachers to understand this relationship? The book is divided into five chapters: (1) "Principles of General Education"; (2) "Perspectives and Principles of Multicultural Education"; (3) "Principles of Human Growth and Development"; (4) "Principles for Democratic Citizenship"; and (5) "Pedagogical Principles." The book concludes with a short epilogue that summarizes and underscores two key ideas from the preceding chapters: (1) Multicultural education is an embodiment of the nation's commitment to the democratic values of freedom, equality, and justice for all citizens; and (2) Multicultural education is inextricably interrelated with the vision of educational excellence for all students. (EH)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Democracy, Diversity (Institutional), Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Freedom, Intergroup Relations, Justice, Multicultural Education, Social Integration, Student Characteristics
Kappa Delta Pi, 1601 West State Street, Post Office Box A, West Lafayette, IN 47906-0576 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Kappa Delta Pi, West Lafayette, IN.