Teaching multicultural and multilingual classes at an institution of higher learning
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2007 Conference, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Multicultural education can be viewed as a progressive approach for transforming education that holistically critiques and addresses current shortcomings, failings and discriminatory practices in education. It is grounded in ideals of social justice, education equity and a dedication to facilitating educational experiences in which all students reach their full potential as learners and as socially aware and active human beings, locally, nationally and globally. Norvis (2002) believes that although most higher education institutions have changed their admission and recruitment policy, they still do not reflect the demographics of South African society. Multicultural education is not a concept that lulls the mind, but rather one that prompts debate. It has significantly impacted on higher education in South Africa. Its proponents have argued that education that excludes the experience and contributions of other diverse cultural group, robs its entire society of the treasures endowed in the multicultural nature of that society.
Distance Education and Teacher Education in Africa DETA Conference 2007
Higher Learning Teaching multicultural classes Teaching multilingual classes