Multicultural education refers to any form of education or teaching that incorporates the histories, texts, values, beliefs, and perspectives of people from different cultural backgrounds.
Multicultural education seeks to ensure educational equity for members of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic groups.
There are five dimensions of multicellular education
The knowledge construction process
Empowering school culture and social structure (Banks, 1995a)
Advantages of a multicultural classroom
- Exposes students to different cultures
- Fosters acceptance and tolerance in a learning environment
- Teaches multiple perspectives
- Encourages critical thinking
- It promotes cultural relevance
- It promotes assimilation without acculturation
- It helps to become great communicators
- It builds empathy in the classroom
- It helps to develop open-mindedness