Curriculum and Culture
Schooling in a Pluralist Society
Edited by Leslie Claydon, Tony Knight, Marta Rado
Published December 8th 2011 by Routledge – 244 pages
This book demonstrates how it is possible to value, respect and utilise cultural diversity and yet achieve a ‘good education’ for all. The authors contend that few issues in education can be examined in isolation from the world outside. This must surely apply to the question of cultural, social and economic differences among children, and this book continually emphasises the importance of a healthy social climate as well as mastery of language, literacy and numeracy. The book examines different teaching procedures and advises on curriculum construction and content, especially the relationships between the teaching and learning of language and teaching and learning in a language. In short, the authors have examined the why, the what and the how of schooling to accommodate educational diversity and have suggested an approach that is constructive and stimulating rather than simply therapeutic.
Part One: Diversity and Schooling. 1 The Challenge of Pluralism 2 Democratic schooling and pluralism. 3 Towards multi-cultural schooling. Part Two: Diversity and Disadvantage 4 Quality Schooling: Quality Education? 5 Student Competence and the Demonstration of Worth Part Three: Bilingual Education 6 The General Background 7 Language Learning 8 Bilingual Education 9 Language Teaching 10 Benefits of bilingual education: evaluation. Appendix. Notes and References. Index.