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ERIC Number: EJ720982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
Social Representations Of Diversity: Multi/Intercultural Education in a South African Urban School
Carignan, Nicole; Pourdavood, Roland; King, Lonnie; Feza, Nosisi
Intercultural Education, v16 n4 p381-393 Oct 2005
The story of School X started in South Africa in 1875. At that time, the school was built for white children only. More than hundred years later, the 1994 elections demarcated the end of the apartheid era and the school enrolled black Xhosa-speaking children for the first time. As a result, in 2004, 90% of the students were black Xhosa-speaking. The theoretical perspectives of our study are based on notions of multicultural and intercultural education, and of diversity. Our study is embedded in a socio-constructivist inquiry paradigm. Using questionnaires and interviews, we aimed to understand the social representations regarding diversity of a principal, a teacher, seven students and four parents in a K-7 open school. We examined diversity of values, cultures, religions, languages, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, etc. regarding a multi/intercultural perspective in education. We attempted to discern what the participants' understandings of diversity were, how they identified diversity, and why they justified their practices and actions with respect to diversity. The song can only be beautiful if we all play the same tune. (Esm Goosen, Multimedia, 2004) This is the title of a painting that is part of an exhibition in Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum of Art, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa