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Multiculturalism and teacher education towards a critical oral history

Mason, D. and Down, B.ORCID: 0000-0003-4843-0563 (1989) Multiculturalism and teacher education towards a critical oral history. Oral History Association of Australia Journal (11).

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This paper argues that a critical oral history has much to offer teacher education in the area of multiculturalism. We wish to explore how oral history can assist teachers in understanding the nature of multiculturalism in Australia. The paper begins with an, overview of the nature of multiculturalism and multicultural education and continues With a critique of teacher education programmes in this context. At this point we suggest the potential contribution of oral history in unearthing the nature of multiculturalism. A brief account of the nature of oral history sets the scene for suggesting some tentative guidelines of a more 'critical oral history'. It is not our intention to' explore the practical operation of oral history in teacher education rather to stimulate discussion on, the theoretical role and place of what we shall call a 'critical oral history'. At this point, it may be appropriate to make explicit our assumptions about the nature and role of a more critical oral history: - oral history is not neutral but a product of the social formation in Which people live; - oral history should assist people to understand their social situation; - oral history is necessarily political; - oral history should be concerned with the issues of justice and equality; - oral history has a potential role to play in exposing structural injustices; and, - oral history has a critical transformative potential for those people who experience oppression.

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Publisher: Oral History Association of Australia
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