Developing And Implementing A Multicultural Framework Essay
Developing and implementing a multicultural framework provides all students with a positive educational environment and promotes academic achievement. The use of a multicultural curriculum should include "cultural values, belief systems, and traditions that inform the production of such cultural forms" (Drader, 1997). Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to preserve and embrace their cultures. Education builds knowledge, therefore, students learn to accept other cultures/groups when they are able to understand other perspectives. Based on the readings and research completed for Cultural Foundations of Education, the following concepts have established a critical role in promoting a multicultural environment: praxis, funds of knowledge, and language transferability. Through this essay, each concept is examined by providing background knowledge, analyzing research and various approaches for applying these concepts to a multicultural framework are explored.
In the past and even in some educational settings today, banking education has been used for teaching students. This approach is where the teacher teaches, students listen and have to adapt to the curriculum. In this setting, students memorize and repeat information without understanding the meaning of the context, thus students are unable to generalize or make connections. However, Freire (1970/2000) introduces an alternative concept of teaching, problem posing. This approach emphasizes the…