Feminist Thought as a Source of Critique and Reconceptualization of Multiculturalism in Higher Education.Report as inadecuate




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This paper uses feminist theory in exploring multicultural change in academic institutions of higher education. It argues that multiculturalism, while attaining increased acceptance in academic institutions, is actually being shaped to fit into the established organizational parameters without any discomfort to or real change within the organization. Insights are used from feminist thinking to construct a critique of the institutional strategies being used on some college campuses to bring about multicultural organizational change. These insights serve as a focus for examination of current approaches being used in multicultural education in three areas: (1) the trouble with additive approaches; (2) the trouble with bipolar differences; and (3) the trouble with the problematics that define multicultural education. The paper concludes with the argument that as long as academic institutions attempt to implement multicultural education without first coming to terms with the presence of racism, sexism, and heterosexist "micropractices" on their campuses, then they only deceive themselves and harm their students. Contains 11 references. (GLR)

Descriptors: Change Strategies, Colleges, Criticism, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change, Ethnic Groups, Evaluation, Feminism, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Organizational Change, Universities











Author: Bensimon, Estela Mara

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10810&id=ED357702







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