Wrapping up the course
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If you’ve worked through all of the modules
of this course, we would hope that you are now familiar with a number of the
key underlying ideas and some of the tensions and urgencies in the area of
multicultural education. Some of these
- Culture is something all humans have, inherit,
resist, construct and carry.
- Cultural differences are the outcome of
human engagement with Self, Others and history in widely differing
- Culture manifests in many ways, not only through
food, language, clothing, social practices and the like. The physical
environment is one site for the operation of culture.
- Many aspects of culture are lodged in
ideas, attitudes and other abstract forms in the subconscious of individuals
and communities. As such, much of our participation in “culture” is unnoticed
by us, unless it is brought to our attention.
- Dominant culture must be understood in the
same ways as cultures of the Other.
- Race, ethnicity and nationality are
distinct terms, not synonyms.
- White is a colour, a form of culture, and a
- Educating in and for a cultural context of multiplicities or diversity requires educators to be aware of their own cultural locations and the implications of these for the development of respectful and positive educative practices.
- Dominant cultural understandings, perspectives or “knowledge” of Other cultures is not sufficient to ground positive educational practices, nor is a failure to investigate dominant culture from the position of Self and Other. The active process of critique is a central cognitive process here.
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