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ERIC Number: EJ781915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Multiethnic Education for White Ethnic Children: A Study Revisited
Wenze, Gloria Tansits
Multicultural Education, v12 n2 p29-33 Win 2004
The current study is a replication of the author's unpublished dissertation conducted almost twenty years previously in a public school in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Census 2000 indicated a growing cultural diversity in populations entering the Scranton area, however, it continued to show strong evidence of White Ethnic groups. As with the original study, the purpose of the replicated study was to determine White Ethnic children's need for multiethnic education as it was perceived by their parents. It was considered that by identifying the elements of ethnicity (consciousness and locus of ethnicity), the need of White Ethnic children for multiethnic education could be determined. The rationale for the original study emanated as advocates of multicultural education proposed multiethnic educational programs for children of American ethnic groups who are phenotypically different from the dominant White American group. The original study suggested that White Ethnics are another group whose children would also benefit from multicultural/multiethnic education. In order to determine if a need for multiethnic education for White Ethnic children still existed, it was the goal of the original study to survey a group of White Ethnic parents who had children in a public elementary school determined by census and ethnographic data to be in a White Ethnic neighborhood. The goals were: (1) to determine if an ethnic consciousness existed among the parents; and (2) whether the locus of ethnicity is in the school or elsewhere. The American public school system has historically been a vehicle of Americanization for White Ethnics. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania; United States