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A Call for Change in Multicultural Training at Graduate Schools of Education: Educating to End Oppression and for Social Justice


by Barbara Wallace — 2000

This article puts forth a call for change in multicultural training at graduate schools of education in order to prepare future professionals to work effectively within our increasingly diverse society. It is suggested that professionals well versed in multiculturalism need to consider how to revise and further refine multicultural training in order to better address linguistic and other diversity to be found among immigrants, as well as issues around sexual orientation, disability, and spirituality. Those relatively new to the field of multiculturalism are similarly encouraged to embrace the task of preparing themselves, appropriate curriculum, and their departments for the task of educating to end oppression and for social justice. Graduate schools of education are challenged to pursue the goal of organizational multicultural competence. Such a goal should be incorporated within the vision and mission of graduate schools of education across the nation, given the new demographics characterizing our increasingly diverse society.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 102 Number 6, 2000, p. 1086-1111
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10703, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 12:04:17 AM

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  • Barbara Wallace
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    Barbara C. Wallace is Associate Professor of Health Education in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her scholarly interests include: primary, secondary and tertiary violence prevention in school- and community-based settings, domestic violence, addictions and dependencies especially to crack and cocaine, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS, and health promotion in multicultural settings. Selected publications include Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment for Community Health Promotion (Praeger) and Crack Cocaine: A Practical Treatment Approach for the Chemically Dependent (Brunner/Mazel).
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