London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

‘It is a way of life’ - Notions of Good Multicultural practice in initial teacher education and curriculum delivery in England

Author(s) Maylor, U., Ross, A., Rollock, N.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Multicultural education in the UK is examined as part of a project analysing multicultural teacher education in Poland, France, Greece, Iceland and the UK. There is a long history of immigration of many minority ethnic communities (8%, half born in the UK). Settlement patterns are uneven, and teachers working in predominantly ‘white’ areas are less likely to understand ethnic diversity or have experienced interaction with different cultures. Initiatives and examples of good practice are explored: for some, multiculturalism is already ‘a way of life’, but those in more monocultural areas are still working towards this. Good initiatives have leaders who understand the context: commitment, institutional ethos and willingness to engage with issues are more significant than the actual activities.

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