Multicultural education has emerged as an important policy issue in an increasing number of countries around the world. In recent decades, multicultural education has been widely depicted as an educational approach that deals with the sociocultural diversity that exists within individual countries as well as across national borders. With accelerating economic and cultural globalization processes that involve increased human mobility and interaction, educational policymakers and researchers from around the world have been focusing more attention on the importance of multicultural competence. They have posed various questions about how nations can construct societies that incorporate diversity while also having overarching values and aims to which their diverse populations are committed.

This entry discusses multicultural education policy adoption as a response to societal and economic needs and as ...

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