Multicultural Literature Review: Promoting Diversity In The Classroom

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Promoting diversity in the classroom has become a necessity in today’s ever-diversifying society. Diversity can refer to socio-economic background, religion, gender identify, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity among other possible identities. Over the past twenty years or so, the use of multicultural education, in particular multicultural literature, has become a commonplace form of diversity promotion in the classroom. Multicultural education refers to any sort of education or teaching which takes into account the values, beliefs, histories, and perspectives of those from varying cultural backgrounds. Here, culture, “in the broadest possible sense, [encompasses] race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, class, gender, sexual orientation;” a group of individuals that have a sense of shared values, beliefs, and understanding (“Multicultural Education Definition,” 2013). Therefore,…show more content…
In fact, it was implied that it is crucial to introduce multicultural literature at a young age in hopes of diminishing prejudicial thoughts about different cultures. This is reflected in the fact that much of the research on multicultural literature examines in effects in elementary and middle school classrooms.
However, not all students have the opportunity for such an education at a young age, whether it be because school curriculum didn 't provide them the opportunity it or they grow up in a relatively homogeneous environment. The question then becomes what are the effects of multicultural literature in a college setting. More specifically, whether or not multicultural literature in a college classroom has the potential to reduce pre-established biases and prejudices that college aged students may bring into the
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