Creating Multicultural Citizens
A Portrayal of Contemporary Indonesian Education
Routledge – 2014 – 272 pages
Despite the largest-scale decentralisation of education since 1999, which broadly led to the marketisation of education, it is not clear how school education responds to the multicultural realities of Indonesian society and ethno-religious conflicts. Creating Multicultural Citizens presents a comprehensive evaluation of contemporary education in the largest democratic Muslim country in the world, focusing on the ways in which education prepares citizens for a multicultural society. It thoroughly examines the state-religion-community roles in the field of education in developing the Indonesian people. Using a qualitative ethnographic methodology, the author presents six case studies of different schools, including religious, non-religious, state and private schools, in two different provinces in Indonesia. It particularly explores:
It is the first book to explore how education in Indonesia helps contribute to the creation of tolerant and multicultural citizens and is essential reading for anyone involved in Indonesian education and international higher education.
1. Introduction 2. Multicultural and Education 3. Reforms in Indonesian Education 4. Policies for Miulticultural Education 5. School Leadership and Policies 6. Teaching Religion: Policy and Implementation 7. Extracurricular Activities and Religious Tolerance 8. "Imagined Society": Students’ Ideas of the Ideal Society 9. School and Social Justice 10. Is Multicultural Education in Pesantren Possible? 11. Conclusions
Dr Raihani is a senior lecturer in education studies at Sultan Syarif Kasim State Islamic University (UIN Suska) Riau, Indonesia. and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Australia.