Creating Multicultural Citizens
A Portrayal of Contemporary Indonesian Education
To Be Published December 31st 2013 by Routledge – 224 pages
Despite the largest-scale decentralisation of education since 1999, which has 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. Big and important questions remain unanswered. This book 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. This will be the first book to explore how education in Indonesia helps contribute to the creation of tolerant and multicultural citizens.
1. Introduction 2. Multicultural Education: A Review of the Literature 3. Indonesian Education: Reforms and Problems 4. Government Policies and School Curriculum 5. School Leadership and Policies 6. Religion Classes: Policy and Implementation 7. Religious Tolerance in Schools in Palangkaraya 8. "Imagined Society": Students’ Perceptions of an Ideal Society 9. School and Social Justice 10. Is Multicultural Education in Pesantren Possible? 11. Conclusion: Problems and Recommendations for Action.
Raihani is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Western Australia.