A Multicultural Education Praxis: Integrating Past and Present, Living Theories, and Practice

Peggy Shannon-Baker

Abstract


In our current climate of heightened conservatism and criticism, multicultural education is as important as ever. This article argues for the need to reframe multicultural education as a praxis based on its social justice- oriented principles, values, and practices. Using practitioner action research, I examine my implementation of such a praxis in a college course. I discuss critical reflections on demonstrating the interconnections between current and historical social movements, theory and lived experiences, and the students’ and my learning. I conclude by arguing that reframing multicultural education as a praxis could encourage more coalitions within and beyond schools.


Keywords


praxis, critical, multicultural education course, culturally relevant teaching, practitioner research

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v20i1.1518

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