Democracy and Multicultural Education

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IAP, 2010 - Education - 381 pages
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A volume in Research in Multicultural Education and International Perspectives Series Editors Farideh Salili and Rumjahn Hoosain, The University of Hong Kong Democratic political systems and the democratic way of life is aspired by most people around the world. Democracy is considered to be morally superior to other forms of political systems as it aspires to secure civil liberties, human rights, social justice and equality before the law for everyone regardless of their gender, culture, religion and national origin. Enshrined in democracy is separation of religion and state, fair and competitive elections of leaders according to a country's constitution which in turn is based on democratic ideals. Democracy aspires for people of different backgrounds to live together with their differences intact, but all contributing towards a better life for all. In today's increasingly pluralistic societies many people of different cultural and national backgrounds are brought together. Many have migrated from countries with autocratic political systems. Some with religions that require them to behave in different way, others with cultures teaching them values of harmony, collectivism and conformity as opposed to the culture of their host country emphasizing individualism and cherishing differences. Hence, in multicultural societies development of pluralistic democracy, a democracy which includes respect for diversity is essential. A truly multicultural education which is based on the assumption that different cultures will be equally represented in education goes a long way towards education for democratic citizenship. Such an education would make students aware of issues of human rights and justice and encourage them to define their own values and ways in which they could contribute to a better world. The aim of this volume is to provide a forum for discussion of how multiple social perspectives and personal values can be brought together on common grounds around matters related to democracy. Contributions from research, and scholarly theoretical work as well as presentation of existing creative models of democracy education will be included. Authors from the major democracies will comment on the models and practice of multicultural education in their respective countries, to facilitate discussion and learning from each others' experiences.
 

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Contents

Democracy and Multicultural Education
3
Diversity Group Identity and Citizenship Education in a Global Age Diversity
15
Working in the Small Places Human Rights Social Justice Pluralism and Multicultural Democratic Education
43
A National Overview of the Status of InterEthnic Relations in the Urban United States
73
Seeking Democracy in American Schools Countering Epistemic Violence Through Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy
99
Multicultural Education Critical Race Theory and Teacher Education
131
Critical Teaching of History Toward a Human Rights Agenda for Pre and InService Teacher Education
149
The Changing Face of Diversity Through the Eyes of Urban Teachers Promoting Democratic Schools and Classrooms
173
Using the Process of Cultural Receprocity to Create Multicultural Democratic Classrooms
237
Utilizing a Community Cultural Wealth Model to Explore Parental Engagement During the Transition Into US Urban High Schools
263
Enacting Democratic Pedagogy in Two International Schools
293
Teachers Negotiating Multiple Discourses of Equity and Social Justice in Policy and Practice A New Zealand Perspective
319
Unresolved Contradictions Australian Multiculturalism Social Justice and Critical Pedagogy Within the Liberal Democratic State
339
Author Biographies
365
Author Index
371
Subject Index
379

Teaching Students How to Live in a Democracy
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