Multicultural education: Transforming the mainstream

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Multicultural education, to this point, has primarily been conceived as the project of improving the educational and social opportunities of cultural and linguistic ‘minorities’. And very properly so. Although being of a cultural and linguistic ‘minority’ does not predestine a child to educational failure or lack of social mobility, it is undoubtedly the case that the educational prospects of particular cultural and linguistic groups are adversely affected under particular circumstances (Kalantzis and Cope, 1988). A view of multicultural education as something that exclusively addresses ‘minorities’, either as groups inequitably excluded from social access or as a positive presence, however, has its own limitations and difficulties. This chapter analyses the major educational paradigms for the way they frame the issue of diversity. The historical move from educational theories and practices whose project was assimilation, to philosophies and practices of pluralism which regard ‘minority’ students as their exclusive concern, we will argue, has created as many new problems as it has solved old ones. From this experience, it is now time to move on to new visions of multicultural education, visions which have the potential to transform pedagogy for all students, and to reconstitute mainstream social and educational practices in the interests of all.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCritical Multiculturalism
Subtitle of host publicationRethinking Multicultural and Antiracist Education
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages267-300
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)020397901X, 9781135710804
ISBN (Print)0750707674, 9780750707688
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

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intercultural education
minority
educational practice
linguistics
social opportunity
educational theory
Social Mobility
educational opportunity
pluralism
assimilation
student
paradigm
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Kalantzis, M., & Cope, W. (2005). Multicultural education: Transforming the mainstream. In Critical Multiculturalism: Rethinking Multicultural and Antiracist Education (pp. 267-300). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203979013-17

Multicultural education : Transforming the mainstream. / Kalantzis, Mary; Cope, William.

Critical Multiculturalism: Rethinking Multicultural and Antiracist Education. Taylor and Francis, 2005. p. 267-300.

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Kalantzis, M & Cope, W 2005, Multicultural education: Transforming the mainstream. in Critical Multiculturalism: Rethinking Multicultural and Antiracist Education. Taylor and Francis, pp. 267-300. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203979013-17
Kalantzis M, Cope W. Multicultural education: Transforming the mainstream. In Critical Multiculturalism: Rethinking Multicultural and Antiracist Education. Taylor and Francis. 2005. p. 267-300 https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203979013-17
Kalantzis, Mary ; Cope, William. / Multicultural education : Transforming the mainstream. Critical Multiculturalism: Rethinking Multicultural and Antiracist Education. Taylor and Francis, 2005. pp. 267-300
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