Twenty-First Century Multicultural Learning: Equality of Gender, Race and Sexuality

Ms Maria Elisabete Pereira,
Dr. Alexandra Okada,
Dr Alipio Casali
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Over the last two decades, a new world order has emerged, with the end of Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the lifting of Apartheid in South Africa. Increasing dominance of capitalism, the rapid advances in technology and globalization and changes in production systems have created the twin problems of higher unemployment and social, economic and cultural exclusion. In response, new social movements have appeared to uphold human rights and promote equality of opportunities. In Brazil, the Government has been considering measures to promote 'education for diversity' - for equality of gender, race and sexuality. In December 2004, The Ministry of Education and Special Secretaries of Women, Race Equality and Human Rights along with the British Council, organised an international seminar to: 1. collect ideas and expert opinion on themes such as differences of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, identity; 2. plan strategies for continual professional development of teachers, and how to include these themes in curricula. This paper presents a summary of the key discussions in this seminar and the main outcomes: 1. criteria to identify, develop and review pedagogical materials and leaning practices; 2. issues around Education for diversity - training of teachers, materials for teaching and learning strategies for students.

Keywords: Education for diversity, Equality of gender, race and sexuality, Learning strategies, Curricula
Stream: Teaching and Learning, Ethnicity, Difference, Identity, Sexuality, Gender, Families
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Ms Maria Elisabete Pereira

Project Coordinator, Secretary of Special Policies for Women, Brazil Government

Maria Elisabete Pereira is a project coordinator at Secretary of Special Policies for Women at Brazil Government. Her background is in law – human rights. She developed many project in public policies and social area. Now her investigation is focused in education for diversity - gender, race and sexuality.

Dr. Alexandra Okada

PhD Student and academic research, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University

Alexandra Okada is a PhD student at The Open University - Knowledge Media Institute and academic teacher at Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil. Her study area is educational technology. She is also involved as a researcher in e-learning projects, running continuing professional developing courses for teachers and creating virtual learning communities in higher education.

Dr Alipio Casali

Professor, Knowledge and Multicultural Studies, Pontifical Catholic University

Alipio Casali is a Professor of Curricula, Knowledge and Multicultural Studies at Pontifical Catholic University in the Post-graduate Program of Education: Curricula. His interests are related to intersections among aspects of identity and culture, learning and knowledge.

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