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Multicultural education in Poland – case studies of good practice

Author(s) Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz, B., Wolodzko, E., Strzemecka-Kata, J.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Multicultural education in the context of Poland today is examined as part of a project analysing and comparing multicultural teacher education in Poland, France, Greece, Iceland and the UK. Before 1989 the assimilation practices of the communist authorities denied the existence of national or ethnic minorities. After isolation for decades, the ethnocentric point of view is now being rejected and replaced with a more diverse system. Teachers decide teaching and assessment methods and the curricula. There are still gaps to fill, especially in multicultural education, where the situation of immigrant children remains unclear. Polish schools seem to be insufficiently prepared to meet the educational needs of foreign children coming to Poland. Six examples of practice are described in detail.

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