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ERIC Number: ED478108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Facing Moral Problems in Teaching Multiculturalism: Using Pragmatism as a Problem-Solving Tool.
Henry, Sue Ellen
This article applies pragmatic thinking to a moral problem in a multicultural classroom: how to draw together students' diverse experiences and familiarity with racial identity development for productive examination of white privilege, racial identity development, and the social construction of race in the United States. This analysis reveals several durable dichotomies that can serve to distinguish students of color from white students in unproductive ways such as concealing how students of color and white students need one another to create dissonance and to reflect on their emerging identities. The author suggests, however, that conceiving of the multicultural classroom's primary purpose as a developmental tool for individual students diminishes its potential as a location to sponsor a moral community that fosters a sense of the collective and of mutual multicultural problem solving. The author concludes by highlighting pedagogical tools that can foster a pragmatic multicultural classroom. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A