Multiculturalism in the classroom: Discovering difference from within

Marianne O Nielsen, Phoebe M. Stambaugh

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Critics and proponents alike have voiced concerns about the difficulties of practicing multiculturalism in today's criminal justice classrooms. In this essay we present strategies for using the lived experiences of students as a tool for discovering diversity inside the classroom, as well as for finding value in it. We then use our students' discourse to talk about the impact these strategies can have. Our experiences, as well as those of our students, suggest that principles of multiculturalism can be achieved without having to sacrifice the core curricula; and that one of the more valuable resources for teaching multiculturally is the lived experiences that students, teachers and guests bring into the classroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-291
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Plant Science


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