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ERIC Number: EJ834779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
Speaking from Otherness: A New Perspective on U.S. Diversity and Suggestions to Educational Equality
Li, Nan
Multicultural Perspectives, v7 n3 p36-41 Jul 2005
For a Chinese educator residing in the United States, one distinctive characteristic of American culture is diversity. The United States is a nation comprised of diversity in race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic (SES) status, exceptionality, gender, age, and language. Diversity, on one hand, distinguishes the United States and contributes to its fast SES growth, and on the other hand it generates inequity, specifically in schooling. Learning opportunities, for example, are unequal or problematic for many minority children, in comparison to students from the dominant cultural background. This article discusses the issues on diversity and educational equality. It examines three areas: (1) comparing the demographic and developmental aspects of the U.S. and China to appreciate diversity, (2) reviewing educational equality from an outsider's viewpoint to arouse educators' awareness, and (3) proposing three strategies for achieving educational equality within the context of teachers' classroom strategies. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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