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ERIC Number: ED389516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-19
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Multiculturalism and Science Education: A Test Case for Social Epistemology.
Social epistemology is an effort to combine the philosophical theories of science that have stressed normative approaches to knowledge with sociological theories which are weak on offering guidance on how knowledge policy should be conducted. The practice of multiculturalism provides a useful application of social epistemological intervention, mainly because the phenomenon of "multiculturalism" escapes the usual philosophical and sociological ways of understanding knowledge. Multiculturalism is not to be confused with the mere recognizing of others' culture, but rather the infusing of the minor culture into the major culture. Problems arise when the major and minor cultures are fearful of any changes to the current modes of thinking and knowledge acquisition. It is noted that many cultures have quickly adapted and infused the Western views of science, bringing to light the importance of studying and practicing multiculturalism. Contains 14 references. (MVL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 17-21, 1995).