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Multicultural Curriculum Theory

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

Multicultural curriculum theory is the broad term for strands within curriculum studies that critically examine the sociopolitical, historical, economic, and cultural contexts of education with a focus on race, ethnicity, class, and gender as well as issues of equity, social justice, and power. It evolved separately from, but connected to, multicultural education theory as theorists became concerned with inequality in schools and classrooms particularly as related to the achievement of historically disadvantaged students and the development of a democratic society. As a component of general curriculum theory, its major contribution to the field has been to highlight education issues related to marginalized students, to develop a language and terms to articulate these issues and to bring forward alternate ways to address these issues in order ...

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