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ERIC Number: EJ924524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1570-2081
Multicultural Leadership, Sustainable Total School Environment
Yeung, See-Wai Alison; Lee, Yeung; Yue, K. W. Ryan
Educational Research for Policy and Practice, v5 n2 p121-131 Jul 2006
Banks (2002) stated that to implement multicultural education successfully, we must think of the school as a social system. Therefore, if educational equity and excellence are to be provided to all students, a systemic Total School Environment [Banks (2001) "Cultural diversity and education: Foundations curriculum and teaching, 4th ed." Allyn and Boston p.51] has to be structured and permeate every aspect of the schooling enterprise, i.e. (1) content integration, (2) the knowledge construction process, (3) prejudice reduction, (4) equity pedagogy, and (5) an empowering school culture and social structure. The Total School Environment is consistent with the educational change literatures discussed by Senge [(1990) "The fifth discipline." Currency Doubleday, NY]. This article is framed conceptually on a review of literature and the discussion is drawn from the case studies of innovative pedagogical practices using technology collected in the two research projects of the Center for Information Technology in Education (CITE), The University of Hong Kong during 2004-2006. With referencing to multiple school leadership literature and practices, the readers have an opportunity to explore the possible formation of the "total school environment" from one of the cases, but why not in another school? At the end of this article, it is concluded that school innovation requires a moral, systemic, integrative and emergent distributed leadership to build a scalable, sustainable learning community in a multicultural school environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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