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Sociocultural Patterns

  • "E Pluribus Unum": What Does it Mean? How Should We Respond?
    Charts the intellectual history of competing conceptions of national unity, diversity, and ethnic identity. Explicates three models: monolithic integration (monocultural assimilation of diversity), pluralistic preservation (diversity and unity as equal values), and pluralistic integration (stressing consensus about core civic values while acknowledging the compatibilities and tensions regarding unity and diversity).
  • A Diversity Curriculum: Integrating Attitudes, Issues, and Applications
    Describes a graduate-level public administration course on valuing diversity, which provided opportunities to examine in detail the ethical dilemmas, public attitudes and values, and social consequences of compelling diversity issues. Reports on a content analysis of students' final papers, identifying common themes in students' development of competencies related to valuing diversity.
  • Exploring Culture, Language and the Perception of the Nature of Science
    Explores the views some First Nations (Cree) and Euro-Canadian grade 7-level students in Manitoba have about the nature of science. Uses both qualitative and quantitative instruments to explore student views.
  • Pharmacy Students' Perceptions About the Need for Multicultural Education
    A study assessed pharmacy students' perceptions about the importance of learning about health beliefs and behaviors of ethnic minority groups, views on the mechanisms by which such cultural information should be conveyed, and differences in perceptions related to student demography. Students believed this information was important but did not make the connection between having knowledge and impacting patient outcomes.
  • Sociocultural Issues in Education: Implications for Teachers
    Exclusion, hatred, and injustice have caused much pain in U.S. society.
  • Taking the Common Ground: Beyond Cultural Identity
    Discusses how, after 30 years of liberal education's focus on examining and celebrating diversity, the realities of contemporary social and civil life and global politics are prompting new interest in recognizing and affirming our genuine commonality. (EV).
  • The Politics of Multiculturalism and Bilingual Education: Students and Teachers Caught in the Crossfire
    This article contains essays on political issues in multicultural and bilingual education.
  • The Theoretical Foundations of Professional Development in Special Education: Is Sociocultural Theory Enough?
    This article reviews sociocultural, multicultural, and critical pedagogical theories and suggests that an adequate and sufficient theoretical framework for professional development in special education must explicitly and directly address issues of power, discrimination, and relative status that underlie dilemmas of practice. It offers vignettes of such dilemmas, with reference to the 1998 Council for Exceptional Children's professional standards.
  • Trends of Importance to California Community Colleges
    Prepared to assist the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges in the development of its "New Basic Agenda" for 1996, this report discusses several major statewide trends with important implications for California's community colleges. Data are reviewed on population growth, labor market and technological changes requiring community colleges to provide the workforce with new skills, economic cycles, educational funding, changing family structures, immigration and multicultural issues, and public policy.
  • What the Russian School Ought to Be Like
    Asserts that Russian society and Russian schools are going through a profound crisis. Maintains that the best approach to solving social and educational problems is to restore and develop national principles and group cohesion.