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Diversity Pedagogy

  • By: Rosa Hernández Sheets
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Inspired by the civil rights movement in the 1960s, diversity pedagogy emerged in response to the controversial early works that viewed ethnic minority and poor children as deficient due to cultural, language, ethnic, and economic differences. A diversity ideology in education can be defined as structures of visionary thinking or sets of beliefs, attitudes, ideas, opinions, assumptions, and theories that (a) address cultural, social, economic, and political context and curricular content of schooling and (b) examine human developmental issues, social and cognitive growth affecting individual, and group differences in the teachinglearning process. Theoretically, diversity ideologies improve the learning experiences of all children. They are especially concerned with a curriculum that includes relevant content and ensures access to equitable (fair and impartial) schooling opportunities for underserved ...

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