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Michael Emerson


An investigation of current multicultural education, this thesis comparatively analyzes the definition of multi-cultural education in three parts: (1) the ideal, (2) the process, and (3) the reform movement. Multicultural education strives to achieve the master goal of education, preparing students to be contributive citizens in our pluralistic, democratic nation, by providing an approach which upholds equality, freedom, and respect for diversity.

Specific curriculum contents and presentation styles which are addressed are: knowledge construction, power: prejudice and discrimination, responsibility, culture, and respect for diversity. The ideal of multicultural education is not that it is an alternative form of education, but that it is GOOD education. It enables ALL students the opportunity for academic success, thus increasing their life chances and preparing them to be contributive citizens within society.

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