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ERIC Number: EJ785977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
A Vicarious Learning Activity for University Sophomores in a Multiculturalism Course
Chennault, Ronald E.
Multicultural Education, v12 n3 p45-50 Spr 2005
How can one teach a course about multiculturalism to a broad spectrum of university sophomores in a way that is research-based, pedagogically sound, and appealing--all in ten weeks? In this article, the author states that a course he teaches, "Multiculturalism in Education," examines cultural differences as they relate to social inequalities in schools and in other educational sites. He teaches the course with the following goals: (1) to explore different analytical orientations concerning multiculturalism; (2) to examine cultural difference as a construct that "marks" individuals and groups of individuals; (3) to investigate the historical roots of inequality related to cultural differences; (4) to discuss identity as, among other things, a multidimensional construction, and to require each student to reflect on his/her own sense of identity; (5) to address issues of voice, representation, and agency in educational settings; and (6) to examine applications of multicultural education in an range of contexts. The intent of the course is to prepare students to work towards the transformation of society (and its institutions) in the interest of social justice for all. The author describes the benefits of a vicarious learning activity he assigns as an exercise in group identification, role playing, and "perspective taking." This activity will be a useful tool to those who currently strive to teach university students to understand and critically examine the existence of cultural diversity in our society. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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