ERIC Number: ED386709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Education. Literacy Report No. 22.
Few things have affected American education as much as the changing face of its student population. American education has been slow to implement multicultural education, and when it has been implemented, it has taken on numerous forms. Multicultural education takes so many different forms because no clear definition exists. Some educators are reluctant to implement a multicultural curricula because they do not recognize its importance. Incorporating multicultural studies into an already overburdened curriculum requires rethinking the entire curriculum and its implementation rather than merely adding on to what already exists. Parents also need support and instruction if they are to be active participants in the school environment. While textbooks are often important determinants of what students are expected to learn, they will always be limited. Several researchers point out the problems with implementing multicultural education. Some teachers fear the use of multicultural literature because some parents want their children to read only about their people, while others attack books about minorities as racist. Research on multicultural education is flooding educational literature, reflecting the issue's importance. The changing population requires an examination of the current curriculum. (Contains 17 references.) (RS)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Definitions, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Multicultural Education, Parent Participation, Textbooks
Northern Illinois University, The Reading Clinic--119 Graham Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115 ($3.50, postage included; make check or money order payable to NIU Reading Clinic).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb. Curriculum and Instruction Reading Clinic.