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Boone, Michelle; Chan, Elaine – McGill Journal of Education, 2005
We examined the complexities of developing and implementing school curricula that reflect the goals for equality for students outlined in the Canadian Multiculturalism Act. Stories of teaching and learning experiences were presented to teacher-researchers as a means of generating discussion about differences in perspective pertaining to the…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Student Diversity, Student Needs, Curriculum Development
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Kaplan, Gisela; Eckermann, Anne-Katrin – McGill Journal of Education, 1996
Observes the activities and characteristics of Aboriginal children in an Aboriginal school and compares these to the culture shock and alienation experienced when they transfer to a mainstream school. Identifies five major stressors of culture shock as mechanical differences, communication, attitudes and beliefs, customs, and isolation. (MJP)
Descriptors: Alienation, Cultural Isolation, Cultural Maintenance, Culture Conflict
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Gurney, Penelope J. – McGill Journal of Education, 1996
Describes a pilot project incorporating extensive use of computers in mathematics instruction. Test scores and homework from this group were compared with a group that did not use computers. Results were inconclusive and only revealed a shortage of appropriate instructional software. (MJP)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Attitudes, Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs
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Ghosh, Ratna – McGill Journal of Education, 1995
Advocates moving multicultural education beyond ethnic awareness into a more theoretical and constructive phase. Argues for incorporating epistemological theories regarding the subjectivity of knowledge with an awareness of the interdependence of different cultures. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy
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MacInnis, Carole – McGill Journal of Education, 1995
Argues for a dialog between reductionist (task analysis and specific skill training) and holistic (constructing new knowledge through experience) philosophies in special education. Claims exclusive adherence to either approach shortchanges special education students. Discusses specific strengths and weaknesses of both philosophies. (MJP)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Style, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education
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Ryan, James – McGill Journal of Education, 1995
Argues that enormous changes in the world economy, the production of goods and services, and demographics mandate a more flexible approach to educational inquiry. Criticizes the foundations and practice of organizational theory as being hierarchical and Eurocentric. Concludes with a series of suggested models utilizing a more qualitative approach.…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Economic Change, Educational Administration, Educational Theories
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Lin, Jing; Zinghai, Chen – McGill Journal of Education, 1995
Examines the enormous pressure Chinese students face at home and in school to obtain high academic achievement. Analyzes the cultural, economic, and political factors contributing to the situation. Concludes with an argument for balancing educational goals with other aspects of the students' lives. (MJP)
Descriptors: Competition, Cultural Context, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Mai, Uli; Burpee, Peter – McGill Journal of Education, 1996
Considers the difficulties experienced by the East German School system adjusting to a more progressive educational philosophy. Specifically, contrasts the traditional East German geography instruction (focused solely on physical geography) with the West German emphasis on social issues and problem solving. Many East German instructors distrust…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Decentralization, Democratic Values, Educational Change
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Cook, Sharon Anne; McClean, Brian – McGill Journal of Education, 1995
Describes a cooperative effort between a university school of education faculty and a local high school in Canada. The professor agreed to teach two units of a social studies class and share her impressions, thoughts, and suggestions with the teaching staff. Discusses her findings, interactions with the staff, and subsequent developments. (MJP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, High Risk Students