Assimilation is an important concept in education and has contemporary application and relevance. This entry examines how assimilation not only has shaped education and identities, but also has limited the potential and possibilities for the movement for greater cultural diversity. Although the focus here is on education and assimilation in England, the entry also includes an analysis of how the United States was influenced by assimilation, and how assimilation has shaped U.S. policy, culture, society, and education.

Assimilation in Europe is consistently defined in cultural terms, and focuses on immigrants and their gradual change from a mother-tongue culture to the host country's culture. In this entry, the term gradual change is replaced with conditional change. Assimilationist one-way conditionality refers to the influence that the state, be ...

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