This book deals with the key professional issues faced by students on teacher training courses and practicing primary teachers.

Education for a Multicultural Society

Education for a multicultural society

The following topics and issues are covered in this chapter:

  • the difficulties of terminology;
  • the notion of multicultural education in a multicultural society;
  • multiculturalism as opposed to assimilation and integration;
  • teaching children with English as an additional language;
  • Traveller children;
  • a culturally responsive curriculum;
  • tokenism;
  • school life and home links;
  • antiracist education;
  • characteristics of successful multiethnic schools; and
  • children's awareness of differences.

Overheard at home time at a primary school:

Child A: Is that your Dad?

Child B: Yes.

Child A: But he's brown and your mum is white.

Child B remains quiet.

Child C: So. It doesn't matter.

The school is often said to be a microcosm of society. However, visits to schools in different parts of the country are likely to provide widely varying impressions of the society in which we live. ...

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