ERIC Number: ED387574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Multicultural Education: Challenges to Administrators and School Leadership. Urban Education Program. Urban Monograph Series.
Lee, Carol D.
"Academic Achievement, Culture, and Literacy: An Introduction" by John Attinasi provides a framework for the title paper. Multiculturalism requires not only a change in curriculum, but a change in school climate and pedagogy. Communication is critical, given the centrality of language and the variety of linguistic expression in homes and schools. "Multicultural Education: Challenges to Administrators and School Leadership" by Carol D. Lee reviews the difficulties in implementing multicultural education and its implications. Whether multicultural education is cast as promoting human relations, finding ways to teach effectively, or reconstructing society, administrators must take a critical look at their goals and consider alternative approaches. The debate about multicultural education should be framed by the tenets that there are demands on schooling dictated by the fundamental principles of democracy and that the fundamental demand of schooling is to prepare students to participate actively in civic debate. Changes are required in curriculum and instructional practice and in assessment practices in order to implement multicultural education of real meaning. (Contains eight references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Role, Administrators, Citizenship Education, Communication (Thought Transfer), Cultural Awareness, Culture, Democracy, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Instructional Leadership, Literacy, Multicultural Education
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, Order Department, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 300, Oak Brook, IL 60521-1480 (order Number UMS-ME-94: $4.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
Note: Papers presented at the North Central Regional Education Laboratory's 1993 Urban School Leadership Mini-Conference (Lisle, IL 1993).