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Translating the Curriculum: Multiculturalism into Cultural Studies


reviewed by Michelle Knight — 2000

coverTitle: Translating the Curriculum: Multiculturalism into Cultural Studies
Author(s): Susan Huddleston Edgerton
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415914019, Pages: 224 pp, Year: 1996
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The overarching project within this book is the call, argument, and challenge of bringing the discourses of cultural studies to bear on curriculum and pedagogy in the field of teacher education. This call for an emphasis on cultural studies in teacher education is situated within the debates of multicultural education. While acknowledging the contributions of the field of multicultural education, Edgerton effectively describes and succinctly critiques historical and contemporary debates surrounding multicultural education. Her critique sets forth some of the limitations of multicultural education and positions cultural studies as a site of possibility for interdisciplinary, cross-cultural approaches that go beyond multicultural practices as currently conceived. She describes the limits of “add-on” multicultural curriculum and recommends a move toward a translated curriculum of difference that permits cross-cultural encounters of discourses that speak lives as they are or might be lived. For example, Edgerton argues for the use of “literary works authored... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 102 Number 5, 2000, p. 939-940
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10622, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:34:45 PM

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  • Michelle Knight
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    MICHELLE G. KNIGHT is an assistant professor of education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on educational equity in teacher and urban education, youth policy, and feminist qualitative methodologies. Among her recent publications is “Ethics in Qualitative Research: Multicultural Feminist Activist Research” in Theory Into Practice.
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