Multicultural Education

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  • An educational reform movement that creates a learning environment that is both equitable and relevant for students from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Triggered by the rapidly changing demographics of the classroom and inspired by the civil rights movement of the 1960s, multicultural-education scholars and advocates have sought to increase the presence of women and underrepresented groups in the curriculum while developing instructional methods to meet the learning needs of our increasingly diverse student population.

    Multicultural education is a developmental and progressive project that seeks systemwide change to create an educational environment founded in ethnic and cultural pluralism: an environment free from the biases embedded within mainstream culture that also values cultural difference as a source of knowledge, creativity, and dignity. Related efforts ...

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