Conversations with... multicultural curriculum and instruction

This paper focuses on how a multicultural-intercultural perspective is being incorporated by Curriculum and Instruction specialists. Based on the analysis of twenty interviews, it discusses how the specialists perceive the contributions and themes arising from the relationship between instruction and multiculturalism. It also outlines the risks and challenges inherent to the topic. Among concerns and possibilities, the interviewees brought up a number of crucial issues such as the tension existing between a social and a cultural perspective, the articulation between equality and difference and the relationship between universalism and cultural relativism. These are some of the relevant topics we have explored in different research projects, particularly one entitled Ressignificando a didática na perspectiva multi/intercultural, which aimed at overcoming a dichotomic vision of these two concepts. Our purpose is to contribute to the development of a Critical Pedagogy suffused by the multi/intercultural perspective.

Critical pedagogy; Difference; Multiculturalism; Intercultural education

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