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Multicultural education and racism: The case of Arab-Australian students in contemporary Australia


Fethi Mansouri 
Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights, Deakin University
fethi.mansouri@deakin.edu.au 

Anna Trembath 
Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights, Deakin University
anna.trembath@rmit.edu.au

 

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Abstract

This paper discusses the social and cultural dimensions of the educational experiences of Arab-Australian students. It seeks to explore the cultural attitudes and the social experiences of Arab-Australian secondary school students from two schools situated in Melbourne's northern region. The paper seeks to examine how Arab-Australian students and their families understand and construct their own social and educational experiences in relation to schools' initiatives as well as wider social discourses. The empirical findings presented in this paper suggest that there are critical links between Arab-Australian students' perceptions of belonging, identity and citizenship on the one hand, and their attitudes to schooling and educational experiences on the other. The study's findings show the need for current patterns of multicultural education research and practice to incorporate more systematically socio-political dynamics beyond the confines of school and family factors. 

Racism, identity, multicultural education, Arab-Australian students, Australian identity

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 Mansouri, F. and Trembath, A. (2005) Multicultural education and racism: The case of Arab-Australian students in contemporary Australia. International Education Journal, 6 (4), 516-529.
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