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Multicultural Education

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Dr. Hanaa Wahba

on 1 June 2013

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Transcript of Multicultural Education

Review of Literature Statement of the Problem The Effect of Multicultural
Education on Doctoral Students’ Interaction with People of Diverse Backgrounds Methodology Results Implications
Implementations Presented by,
Hanaa Wahba & Amira Soliman Multicultural Education This study examined the effects of multicultural education on 11 doctoral students and how they perceive and/or interact with people of diverse backgrounds. Purpose of the Study This exploratory study used a mixed method research design. Research Design Data Collection Method A questionnaire was used
as the data collection
method. The quantitative questions were used to measure the degree to which students felt multicultural education affected their relationship with others of diverse backgrounds.

The qualitative questions were designed to acquire personal experiences of doctoral students with people of different backgrounds. Religion and Its Impact on Cultural Acceptance Findings showed that 9 out of 11 participants had negative experiences with people of different backgrounds as a result of misconceptions and stereotypes people had of their religion or ethnicity. Ethnicity and Its Impact on Cultural Acceptance Findings showed that 5 of the 11 participants’ responses indicated that people hold stereotypes and biases against other racially and ethnically diverse populations. This study used the experiences of Arabs
and Muslims in the US as an example in
understanding how communities can
be negatively affected by misrepresentation
and biases and the importance of multicultural education in clarifying and changing these
negative perceptions. According to the Census Bureau,
there has been an increase in the minority
population every year, which
resulted in the changes of the
demographics of the United States.
Therefore, the existence of various
cultures requires the need to assure
democracy among all ethnic groups. Misconceptions of Multicultural Education
Aldridge and Goldman (2007) identified some current misconceptions about multicultural education.

The focus on the value of multicultural education is essential because many pre-service teachers hold false beliefs, stereotypes, and attitudes about diverse student populations (Vaughn 2005). A Qualitative Study Studies found that many new teachers have a lack of knowledge of the experiences, needs and resources of culturally and linguistically diverse student populations (Cho and Decastro, 2005).

A qualitative study by Cho and Decastro (2005) was a comprehensive investigation that examined the effect of a multicultural education course on pre-service teachers’ attitudes towards working with diverse student populations.

The qualitative findings formed by the majority of the pre-service teachers indicated that their completion of a multicultural education class had a positive impact on changing their attitudes towards teaching diverse student populations.

The findings showed that the participants’ completion of the course enabled them to increase their cultural knowledge, and appreciation of other cultures. The Definition of Multicultural Education Aldridge and Goldman (2007) defined multicultural education as a reform movement that is designed to restructure educational institutions in order to develop students’ skills and attitudes and be able to function effectively in a diverse world. Future Research Using a larger sample of doctoral students.

There is little research on the effect and the availability of multicultural education courses on students of different educational disciplines.

Empirical studies are scarcely available showing the effects of multicultural education on students who are experiencing trouble in school due to issues of identity and discrimination.

Little research is available comparing whether multicultural educational coursework or other methods have a greater effect on ways people interact with people of diverse backgrounds. Two respondents reported that they had negative experiences due to the negative stereotyping of Muslim and Jewish people. Multicultural Education Courses Results of the questionnaire indicated that the majority of the participants had negative experiences based on negative stereotypes, prejudice and racial discrimination. Summary of Results
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