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ERIC Number: EJ722036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
Working an Academically Rigorous, Multicultural Program
Sleeter, Christine; Hughes, Bob; Meador, Elizabeth; Whang, Patricia; Rogers, Linda; Blackwell, Kani; Laughlin, Peggy; Peralta-Nash, Claudia
Equity & Excellence in Education, v38 n4 p290-298 Nov 2005
In 1997 the California State University Monterey Bay Master of Arts in Education program began accepting students with the explicit intent of offering an academically challenging curriculum that grounds teacher-leaders in multicultural social justice education. By 2003, the program had successfully attracted and graduated a student population that is as racially and ethnically diverse as the state of California. As eight faculty members who designed and implemented this program, writing from a position of "insider knowledge" regarding how it functioned on a day-to-day basis, we show how culturally and linguistically diverse students, many of whom have been underprepared for rigorous academic work, can attain high levels of academic excellence in a challenging and supportive context. In addition, we explore the tensions and realities of doing this work, especially in a state university context that is experiencing decreased funding that jeopardizes programs such as this one. We write so that our work is not forgotten but rather narrates what is possible. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California