Sociocultural Diversity and Educational Equity Term Paper by Nicky

A brief review of research on sociocultural diversity and the challenge of educational equity in American schools.
# 151466 | 730 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Sociology (Multiculturalism) , Education (Multiculturalism)

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The paper looks at research that confirms that the concept of educational equity is a critical factor that could lead to educational justice for all. The paper goes on to analyze two studies on sociocultural diversity in the American educational system which determine that the qualitative, and not quantitative, design is the more appropriate approach to explore how educators could best achieve educational equity in a multicultural school setting.

From the Paper:

"An overarching issue driving the educational system's responsiveness to increased sociocultural diversity in American schools is the goal of achieving educational equity. Educational equity is a 'buzz' word among educators and school administrators because this is the ultimate goal of a country that has become a 'melting pot' of cultures decades after the Second World War. Technically, educational equity attempts to achieve equality on access to and quality of education between immigrants and non-immigrants in the country (Gibson & Rojas, 2006:69). In effect, the challenge that sociocultural diversity poses to the educational system is to develop and implement measures that answer the need to give quality education despite the seemingly different characteristics of student groups within the school. It is critical, then, to look at extant literature and analyze how the challenge of educational equity is being addresssed by both educators researching on this issue, and/or policy makers who seek to address this issue through legislation.
"Before delving into an analysis of extant literature on educational equity,it is critical to assess whether or not this concept is a critical factor that could lead to, ultimately, educational justice. Levin (2009) provided in his report anassessment of the 'economic benefits' that would result if educational equity is further improved and ultimately achieved in today's educational system."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gibson, M. and A. Rojas. (2006). "Globalization, Immigration, and the Education of "New Immigrants in the 21st Century." Current Issues in Comparative Education, Vol. 9, No.1.
  • Levin, H. (2009). "The Economic Payoff to Investing in Educational Justice." Educational Researcher, Vol. 38, No. 1.
  • Patchen, T. (2005). "Prioritizing Participation: Five things that every teacher needs to know to prepare recent immigration adolescents for classroom participation." Multicultural Education.

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