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The Learning Conference 2003

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Censorship of Educational Resources: A Critical Focus for a Successful Multicultural Education

Olusegun Sogunro.


Evidence abounds that the selection and use of textbooks and instructional materials have a tremendous influence in the education of a child. While most classroom lessons and activities are hinged on textbooks, little has been done to regulate their content validity. Over the years, censorship has come to the fore as a construct critical to the success of multicultural education. In a recent study on the implications of multicultural education for schools, more than 70% of the respondents (including parents, students, teachers, and school administrators) attested to the importance of censorship in schools as a means of healing racism and fostering a healthy relationship between and among cultures. Greater support for censorship was associated with respondents' claims that the contents of some textbooks and educational materials propagate or engender loss of dignity and disrespect for different races and cultures. From a multicultural perspective, this study establishes some implications of censorship of educational materials for teachers, school administrators, and publishers.

Presenters

Olusegun Sogunro  (United States)
Assistant Professor

Central Connecticut State University

Olusegun Sogunro is an Assistant Professor of educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, USA. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Educational Administration. His research interests include leadership, supervision, curriculum, multicultural education, and development education.

Keywords
  • Censorship
  • Educational Resources



(30 min Conference Paper, English)