Multicultural Curriculum & Instruction Development

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Instructor: Frank Clint

Frank has been an educator for over 10 years. He has a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Our classrooms are diverse, and we as teachers need to be sensitive to the needs of our students. Culturally inclusive classrooms use a multicultural curriculum discussed in this lesson along with teaching strategies for implementation.

Parts of Multicultural Curriculum

You've heard of the melting pot, right? Well, it's time to make some soup! Imagine yourself living in a place that was not native to you where you went to school and learned in a culture that was completely different than your own. This scenario is what some of our students experience in schools today. Culturally responsive methods of teaching make learning accessible. In other words, it makes the content realistic to what students encounter on a daily basis through their own heritage. The material is presented familiarly and is integrated across all subjects. Developing multicultural curriculum can be as easy as adding a little salt to your soup with a simple addition, to as much work as putting more meat and potatoes in your soup with larger changes.

Consider these scenarios:

  • Minor Addition - Students scratch the surface and get to know different cultural contributions through learning about diverse cultural holidays. Students learn about important people of diverse cultures such as Cesar Chavez and Barack Obama.
  • Major Addition - Without changing curriculum, themes and concepts are added, such as incorporating a culturally relevant topic related to the primary objective. For example, if teaching a reading unit about myths and folktales, you could include a Chinese myth. Students often find it difficult to make a connection with the overall unit.
  • Complete Change - Curriculum structure changed to reflect different cultural perspectives. Students view what they're learning through the eyes of others who may not share the same cultural identity. For example, students learn about a topic through first-hand accounts from people who live in different parts of the world.

Multicultural Curriculum Resources

Every good chef has a kitchen full of tools, as every teacher should have just the right resources when developing multicultural curriculum. There are some ways to get started with developing a multicultural curriculum in your classroom. Tap into available resources to help you implement a multicultural curriculum. Try to go above what the textbook has to offer and look for resources to help you. Think about using news and events that pull from the outside world and diverse cultures. Ask students to work on a multicultural project in a background different than their own. Beg your principal for multicultural education professional development for your school and engage the community for participation and ideas. You can also do an independent study using materials such as the following:

  • The National Association for Multicultural Education, which assists teachers with resources to help with diversity in education.
  • The book Becoming Multicultural Educators by Geneva Gay
  • The book Beyond Heroes and Holidays by Enid Lee

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