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Ethnicity Research

  • By: Denise Taliaferro Baszile
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Ethnicity denotes membership in a particular racial, national, or cultural group and observance of that group's customs, beliefs, and language. One of the earliest considerations of the educational development of ethnic minorities in the United States came in the form of the common school movement, which primarily proposed a curriculum intended to encourage a common sense of citizenship and patriotism among U.S. various ethnic groups. However, there were some ethnic groups, such as those of Native American, African American, Latino/a American, and Asian American descent, who were either excluded or marginalized by the common school movement. Within mainstream curriculum conversations, these groups were often thought to be either biologically inferior or culturally deprived; thus the educational development of these groups was aligned with curricula that ...

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