Pursuing Multicultural Education in Indonesia


Being multicultural is inevitable in Indonesia, and diversity is national identity. Actually, It stated on national symbol __Bhineka Tunggal Ika__ (it meant __Unity and diversity__). As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia's people life in a diverse community. Indeed, multicultural issue is something important in Indonesia due to the uniqueness and cultural diversity in Indonesia. Even so, the issue of multiculturalism is still something new in Indonesia. This phenomenon cannot be separated from the influence of political and social change in Indonesia. Nevertheless, Indonesia needs to rethink about its own multicultural education concept. So this paper would describe the importance of national identity that offers multicultural education as an issue in education reform in Indonesia. Firstly, I will raise the issue of national identity as a reason that Indonesia needs multicultural education. Secondly, it will be described of historical view of the emergence of multicultural education in U.S. follow by Indonesian history on this issue. Thirdly, it will be offered the impact of social class to an education field in U.S. and Indonesia's phenomenon connecting with this issue. The last, it will discuss about how to maintain the diversity in Indonesia.

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Yeni Rachmawati, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
Pai,Yi-Fong, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
Hui-Hua Chen, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACE2015

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