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Routledge International Handbook of Multicultural Education Research in Asia Pacific

ISBN 9780367659950
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

This handbook for educators and researchers consists of an unparalleled set of conceptual essays and empirical studies that advance new perspectives and build empirical ground on multicultural education issues from 10 different selected societies in Asia Pacific. This unique, edited book will be a solid resource particularly for graduate students, educators, and researchers involved in multicultural education, given its multiple balances in terms of 1) conceptual essays, empirical studies, and practical implications; 2) contributions from emerging scholars, established scholars, and leading scholars in the field; and 3) comprehensive coverage of key subareas in multicultural education. Given the growing need for in-depth understanding of multicultural education issues in the Asia Pacific region where we have witnessed increasing human mobility and interaction across countries and societies, this edited book is the only research-based handbook entirely focusing on multicultural education in Asia Pacific.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Yun Kyung Cha, Seungwhan Ham, and Moosung Lee)

Part 1: Conceptualizations & Perspectives
1. Diversity and Citizenship Education in Multicultural Nations (James A. Banks)
2. Probing beneath Meanings of Multicultural Education (Christine E. Sleeter)
3. Multicultural Education and Human Rights: Toward Achieving Harmony in a Global Age (Susan Markus and Francisco Rios)
4. Toward Post-National Societies and Global Citizenship (Francisco O. Ramirez and John W. Meyer)
5. Intercultural and International Understanding: Non-centric Knowledge and Curriculum in Asia (Jagdish Gundara)

Part 2: Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum
6. “Consensus not conflict”: Harmony and Multicultural Education in Singapore (Li-Ching Ho)
7. Who Is Hong Kong? Diversity in Postcolonial Hong Kong Curriculum (Liz Jackson)
8. Curricular Challenges to Human Rights in the Mekong: Disputed Histories, Contested Identities (Will Brehm)
9. Commitment and Inconsistency in Teaching Tolerance: The New Curriculum in Indonesia (Lyn Parker)
10. Multicultural Education through Multicultural Literature in Korean Primary Schools (Kyung Mi Shin, Seongdok Kim and Moosung Lee)

Part 3: Leadership & Policy
11. Moral Leadership from Multicultural Perspectives (Wing On Lee)
12. Historicizing Hegemonies: Chinese School Policies in Postwar Singapore and Hong Kong (Ting-Hong Wong)
13. Inequality and Realizing the Education of a ‘Good Citizen’ (Takehiko Kariya)
14. Understanding Multicultural Japan: Four Frameworks (Ryoko Tsuneyoshi)
15. Perceiving Multicultural Australia: Policy Changes and Curriculum Directions (Nado Aveling)
16. Multicultural Education Policy in South Korea: Current Struggles and Hopeful Vision (Carl A. Grant and Sejung Ham)

Part 4: Equity & Social Justice in The Context of Diversity
17. Making Tibetans in China: Educational Challenges and Harmonious Multiculturalism (Gerald Postiglione)
18. Hui Students in China: A Call for Multicultural Social Justice Education (JoAnn Philion and Yuxiang Wang)
19. Chinese Immigrant Students and Cross-Boundary Students in Hong Kong: A Call for Equity through Culturally Relevant Teaching Practices (Celeste Y. M. Yuen)
20.Monolingualism in a Multicultural Society: Paradoxes and Challenges (Misty Adoniou)


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Yun-Kyung Cha is a Professor at the College of Education, Hanyang University, South Korea, the former President of the Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME), and the Editor-in-Chief of Multicultural Education Review.

Seung-Hwan Ham is an Assistant Professor at the College of Education, Hanyang University, South Korea.

Moosung Lee is a Centenary Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia, and the Co-Editor of Multicultural Education Review.


'This innovative volume engages with core theoretical and empirical issues concerned with education and diversity in a region of rapidly increasing global significance.' - Leslie Bash, Social Science, UCL Institute of Education, UK.

'Given the growing significance of multicultural education in many countries around the world, this volume is both timely and needed. By highlighting the unique contexts, challenges, and accomplishments of multicultural education in 10 societies in Asia Pacific, the editors and the authors of this significant text provide a valuable service to educators around the world. The editors, already well known and highly respected researchers in the field, contribute a valuable service to all of us who care about equality, justice, and diversity in education. Academics, researchers, teachers, policymakers and others will find this volume helpful in illuminating the meaning of multicultural education in another part of the world.' - Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, Language, Culture, and Teaching, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, USA

'This handbook significantly contributes to the analytical work on multicultural education by showcasing the diverse perspectives employed in each of the countries in Asia Pacific and highlighting the lessons learned. The editors, who are highly respected in the field, through this publication, present how multicultural education is an effort to reflect the values of the changing society into the classroom and vice versa. Educators, researchers, policy makers and teachers alike will find the critical lenses applied in this handbook to be practical, as well as inspiring, towards enabling a truly inclusive and transformative education for all in the Asia-Pacific and globally.' - Utak Chung, Director, Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) under the auspices of UNESCO, Sou