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Saathoff, Stacy D. – Multicultural Education, 2017
The dismissal of students' backgrounds by the educational system has a deep effect on communities of color, perpetuating a system that sets them up for academic failure. Maori scholar Linda Tuhiwai Smith (2012) created terminology for the process of systematic fragmentation, which she describes as an act of dismissal on a macro-level. This article…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Cultural Background, Educational Practices, Mexican Americans
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Kumar, Tracey – Multicultural Education, 2016
This study of participants' contributions to a university-based family literacy program was informed by both "funds of knowledge" (Moll, 1992) and "multiple literacies" (Auerbach, 1995). The study examined participants' contributions to the design, implementation, and evaluation of a university-based family literacy program. In…
Descriptors: Family Programs, Literacy Education, Cultural Background, Program Design
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Gichuru, Margaret; Riley, Jeanetta G.; Robertson, Jo; Park, Mi-Hwa – Multicultural Education, 2015
Children bring a variety of cultural, linguistic, and social backgrounds into the preschool classroom. When teachers consider these backgrounds, they are better able to create environments that reflect children's cultures and to design learning experiences that build on children's prior experiences. This qualitative study examined how children's…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Federal Programs, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children
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Purcell-Gates, Victoria; Lenters, Kimberly; McTavish, Marianne; Anderson, Jim – Multicultural Education, 2014
Rogoff (2003) argues that "Human development is a cultural process….People develop as participants in cultural communities" (p. 3). Children develop within families, and different cultures reflect differences in how they structure activity for this development. For example, middle class North American families generally would not permit…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Parenting Styles, Child Development
Nguyen, Huong Tran – Multicultural Education, 2012
Quynh (pseudonym), a Vietnamese-American female, was an honor student in her K-12 education in Vietnam four decades ago. April 30, 1975, abruptly signaled the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. Many military personnel from the former regime found themselves and their loved ones in danger of being persecuted by the victorious new…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Foreign Countries, Military Personnel, War
Riley, Jeanetta G.; Gichuru, Margaret; Robertson, Jo – Multicultural Education, 2012
Teachers who embrace culturally relevant practices support children's learning by infusing "cultural referents" into the curriculum to provide children with learning opportunities that are related to their experiences outside of the classroom. They strive to establish congruency between home, community, and school and to use knowledge of…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Focus Groups, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
Stanton, Shannon M.; Gonzalez, Gilberto – Multicultural Education, 2011
Scholars for decades now have argued for the importance of multiculturalism in the United States, as they become a more diverse society. Multicultural education has the potential to provide a curriculum that is inclusive, offering multiple perspectives, and concerned with equity. It is without question the responsibility of colleges and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Theater Arts, Multicultural Education, Teacher Education Programs
Collier, Shartriya; Auerbach, Susan – Multicultural Education, 2011
The social nature of language learning and development has been widely acknowledged, as has the importance of family relationships in language learning processes. The role that the first language plays in the literacy development of English language learners (ELLs) and their families is irrefutable. Advocates of family literacy programs have…
Descriptors: Program Design, Federal Legislation, Program Improvement, Second Language Learning
Huerta, Mary Esther Soto; Riojas-Cortez, Mari – Multicultural Education, 2011
This study was inspired by the literary elements of "cuentos tipicos" (culturally-relevant stories). The book "Prietita y la llorona" ("Prietita and the Ghost Woman") written by Anzaldua (1995) is a good example of a "cuento" that provides information about medicinal herbs and also includes…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Foreign Countries
Strekalova, Ekaterina; Hoot, James L. – Multicultural Education, 2008
The past decade has seen a rapid growth of increasingly diverse immigrant populations in the United States--the most vulnerable among these are refugee children. Most immigrants enter a host country with a goal of improving their opportunities in life. They arrive after years of preparation, such as locating housing, securing jobs and support from…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Awareness, Refugees, Immigrants
Brown, Elinor L. – Multicultural Education, 2006
The purpose of this article is to share a unique strategy (the cultural puzzle) used in graduate, undergraduate, and secondary education to assist students in examining and sharing their cultural heritage to: (1) raise their level of self-awareness, (2) increase cross-cultural communication, (3) improve authentic cross-cultural knowledge, and (4)…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Awareness, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
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Patchen, Terri – Multicultural Education, 2005
Any teacher who has worked in a public high school knows the force oral participation holds in a classroom, for a curriculum, and with the students. Few things can make or break educational access, momentum and opportunity like classroom participation. When oral participation is neither present nor cultivated within a classroom, students and…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Teacher Responsibility, Adolescents, Student Participation
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Hones, Donald F. – Multicultural Education, 2005
In this article the author shares his experience visiting two schools that serve Aboriginal children in the state of Queensland, Australia: (1) Cherbourg State School in central Queensland; and (2) Kuranda State School in the Far North. Prior to his visit he had learned somewhat of Australia's troubled history regarding Aboriginal education, a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Tribes, State Schools, Indigenous Populations
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Low, Janie Matsumoto; Wong, Pia Lindquist – Multicultural Education, 1998
A program on Hmong culture, language, and history was implemented in a diverse, urban, public elementary school. Observations of two Hmong students while in the Hmong program and in their regular classroom were compared. Being in a classroom with children of the same language and background, as well as having a Hmong teacher, promoted higher…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Cultural Background, Culturally Relevant Education, Elementary Education
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Powell, Rebecca – Multicultural Education, 1996
Explores how white hegemony is socially enacted and the ways that schools, as institutions in a racially and hierarchically ordered society, tend to obscure its existence. It is argued that a primary role of multicultural education is to make whites aware of their own cultural identity and its associated values. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education