Title

Deliberating Immigration Policy: Locating Instructional Materials within Global and Multicultural Perspectives

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Theory and Research in Social Education

Volume

35

Issue

1

Publisher

National Council for the Social Studies

Publication Date

2007

First Page

96

Last Page

111

Abstract

A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. Numerous theorists have identified a need for students to learn to solve global concerns in an increasingly interconnected world. The issue of immigration policy is one such concern. This study analyzed the texts of two programs teaching deliberation and U.S. immigration policy. The purpose of the study was to analyze instructional materials that are deliberative in structure and identify the range of deliberative stances regarding global, nation-bound, multicultural, and mainstream perspectives in order to detect overarching ideological stances. A narrow range of deliberative stances or perspectives was indicative of an overarching ideological stance. Findings suggest that both sets of instructional materials studied are predominantly nation-bound in perspective; National Issues Forums contains mainstream perspectives of immigration policy, while Choices for the 21st Century Education Program contains some "transformative" multicultural perspectives of immigration policy.

Comments

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