ERIC Number: ED387956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Multicultural Education: What Do We Need To Know To Better Meet Our Students' Needs?
Dev, Poonam C.
This review of the literature on multicultural education is intended to help teachers to better meet the needs of students with learning disabilities from diverse cultural backgrounds. Introductory information defines multicultural education and explains the literature search procedure. A rationale for multicultural education is offered, followed by a discussion of the close relationship between culture and learning, the effects of prejudice and stereotyping, and the special needs of the multicultural student with learning disabilities. Exceptionality within cultural groups and the dangers of generalizing from one population to another are considered, as are the interrelationship of linguistic and disability factors among Limited English Proficiency (LEP) children and the current general failure to adequately serve these children. Ethnocentric attitudes in the schools are contrasted with attitudes endorsing cultural pluralism. The influence of proficiency in English on cognitive development of bilingual students is evaluated. Classroom needs of this population are identified and include providing bilingual special education services. (Contains 35 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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