Diverging discourses on multicultural education in Finnish teacher education programme policies : implications for teaching

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Hummelstedt-Djedou , I , Zilliacus , H & Holm , G 2018 , ' Diverging discourses on multicultural education in Finnish teacher education programme policies : implications for teaching ' , Multicultural Education Review , vol. 10 , no. 3 , pp. 184-202 . https://doi.org/10.1080/2005615X.2018.1511341

Title: Diverging discourses on multicultural education in Finnish teacher education programme policies : implications for teaching
Author: Hummelstedt-Djedou, Ida; Zilliacus, Harriet; Holm, Gunilla
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Multicultural Education Review
ISSN: 2005-615X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308518
Abstract: The necessity to include multicultural education policies and practices in schools and teacher education has been widely recognized both in Finland and internationally. However, terms such as 'multiculturalism' and 'multicultural education' have contested and vague meanings in educational discourse. This paper investigates discourses on multicultural education from critical multicultural education and Postcolonial theoretical perspectives. The focus is focus on the teacher education policies of all the eight primary teacher education programmes in Finland. Discourse theory analysis revealed six diverging discourses within a framework of conservative, liberal and critical multicultural education. The results show that it should not be taken for granted that policies including multicultural education contribute to social justice in education and teacher education. Consequently, policy-makers need to question the rhetoric regarding multiculturalism and to focus on how inequality is reproduced and upheld in discourses in teacher education and schools, and how this can be challenged.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Multicultural education
Discourse analysis
Teacher Education
Multicultural education
teacher education
programme policy
discourse analysis (DA)
Finland
competence
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