Cultural Differences and Self-esteem: Alternative Curriculum Approaches

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Some of the literature on self-esteem gives the impression that the problem boils down to a minority of students being treated prejudicially by a school system and curriculum dominated by a single cultural viewpoint. So, students of non-English-speaking background are discriminated against by a curriculum which is ‘Anglo’ in its cultural emphasis. Students of working-class background find the middle-class, academic culture of mainstream curriculum alien. Girls face a persistent culture of sexism which forces them into particular ‘aptitudes’ and subject choices. It follows from this that curriculum, as a compensatory and empowering counter-move to this cultural dominance, needs to re-value those cultures of ethnicity, class and gender which are excluded by their difference, their non-‘normality’ as defined in terms of the dominant Anglo, middle-class male culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHearts and Minds
Subtitle of host publicationSelf-Esteem and the Schooling of Girls
EditorsJane Kenway, Sue Willis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)0203214897, 9781135387051
ISBN (Print)1850007403, 9781850007401
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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