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Creating Multicultural Citizens

A Portrayal of Contemporary Indonesian Education, 1st Edition

By Raihani


272 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Despite the largest-scale decentralisation of education since 1999, which broadly led to the marketisation of education, it is not clear how school education responds to the multicultural realities of Indonesian society and ethno-religious conflicts. Creating Multicultural Citizens presents a comprehensive evaluation of contemporary education in the largest democratic Muslim country in the world, focusing on the ways in which education prepares citizens for a multicultural society. It thoroughly examines the state-religion-community roles in the field of education in developing the Indonesian people. Using a qualitative ethnographic methodology, the author presents six case studies of different schools, including religious, non-religious, state and private schools, in two different provinces in Indonesia. It particularly explores:

    • Evolving but contested theories of multiculturalism and multicultural education;
    • Education changes and reforms in post-Suharto Indonesia;
    • Government policies for multicultural education and school curriculum;
    • School leadership for education for diversity;
    • Roles of religious education in schools in nurturing multicultural beliefs, values and attitudes;
    • Extra-curricular activities and tolerance;
    • Students’ perspectives of multiculturalism and the ideal society;
    • The promising development of a pesantren (Islamic boarding school in establishing multicultural education.

It is the first book to explore how education in Indonesia helps contribute to the creation of tolerant and multicultural citizens and is essential reading for anyone involved in Indonesian education and international higher education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Multicultural and Education 3. Reforms in Indonesian Education 4. Policies for Miulticultural Education 5. School Leadership and Policies 6. Teaching Religion: Policy and Implementation 7. Extracurricular Activities and Religious Tolerance 8. "Imagined Society": Students’ Ideas of the Ideal Society 9. School and Social Justice 10. Is Multicultural Education in Pesantren Possible? 11. Conclusions

About the Author

Dr Raihani is a senior lecturer in education studies at Sultan Syarif Kasim State Islamic University (UIN Suska) Riau, Indonesia. and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education

In Asia, schooling, teaching and learning are undergoing major changes as a consequence of wider economic, social, cultural and political movements. The success of some Asian countries in international education benchmarks has redirected attention to the region. This is counterbalanced by other countries that are struggling to educate their citizens in the midst of political instability, ideological and religious tensions, poverty and natural disasters. In spite of such broad differences across countries in Asia, pioneering and innovative research is being conducted that is of increasing interest to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and governments worldwide.

The Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education book series will examine key theoretical and empirical research on the changing institutional and cultural contexts of Asian education. The series aims to establish a strong platform for the critical discussion of educational practices and pedagogies in Asia, and is open to Asian and international researchers with a focus on the region. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, including education, social sciences, psychology, organisational studies, economics, history, political science, cultural studies, and language and literacy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies