Values of Multicultural/Diverse Perspective Instruction
Multicultural/diverse perspective instruction prepares
all students to live in our pluralistic world and at the
same time provides them with solid academic benefits.
Broadens Students' Views
In schools today, students are rarely given the opportunity to view
concepts, events, and issues from more than one perspective, and this
perspective is usuallythat of the mainstream group. As a result,
students gain only a limited view of the world. When the world is viewed
from more than one perspective, students' views are broadened and they
gain insight into their own behavior (Banks, 1989).
Studies indicate that there is a direct link between the
way students see themselves in the classroom and the
way they perform (Rosenthal & Jacobson, 1968). In a multicultural
classroom, teachers support their students through the elimination of
labeling and through the heightened appreciation of student achievement.
A curriculum that prepares students to live in a pluralistic world is
particularly beneficial, because such a curriculum enhances individual
self-esteem by helping members of various racial and ethnic groups to retain
and value their cultural identity (Grant, 1974).
Improves Academic Performance
Classroom experience shows that multicultural/diverse
perspective instruction helps students develop problem-solving and higher-order
thinking skills. As students learn that there is more than one "right" way
to look at an occurrence, more than one valid point of view, more than
one appropriate cultural practice, they are also learning to analyze,
evaluate, and make judgments.
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