ERIC Number: ED425249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Schooling of Multiracial Students. ERIC/CUE Digest, Number 138.
The purpose of this digest is to help educators develop a curriculum for multiracial students that fosters their ability to develop a positive identity and achieve academically. To this end, the digest briefly reviews identity formation in multiracial children and then presents schoolwide and classroom strategies that have been shown to be particularly effective with multiracial students and that also promote all children's understanding of racial issues. Multiracial identity development is a complex process that is only now being defined, as researchers have determined that models of minority identity development are not appropriate for multiracial individuals and that models based on deficits in development seriously shortchange multiracial individuals. A model recently developed by W. Poston (1990) provides a typology of stages through which some families progress as they help their children define themselves personally and develop connections to their heritages. It is important for schools to foster universal respect for students. The message that educators convey about how they view multicultural families is important to the developing self-concept of children, but how best to serve these students educationally is an area of professional development still being defined. Educators should consider their own views about multiracial students, and they should elicit information from multiracial families so that they can communicate more effectively and sensitively with their students. Teachers can facilitate age-appropriate discussions about racial issues and can plan curricula and activities to support the identity formation of their multiracial students. School counselors can also use sensitive approaches to help educators by affirming the right of all students to be treated on an individual basis. Educators can foster the best in all students by helping them appreciate the uniqueness of each individual. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Development, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Models, Multicultural Education, Multiracial Persons, Professional Development, Racial Differences, Racial Identification, Self Concept, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Urban Youth
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Box 40, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.