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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Race, Culture, and Multiculturalism in the New Ontario Curriculum: A Critical Study of the Social Sciences Curriculum

Dr Goli Rezai-Rashti.

The education system in Ontario is going through some profound changes resulting from the new ideological approaches adopted by the provincial Progressive Conservative government (1995-2003). These changes, especially at the secondary school level, are creating significant effects in the day-to-day lives of students and teachers in the public education system. This paper critically looks at the discussion of race, racism and equity issues in the grade 12 social sciences curriculum. It is divided into two parts; the first part deals with the experiences of writing the curriculum policy text in 1998 and the second part takes a critical look at the contents of the textbook that was produced in 2002. The paper explores the possibilities and limitations of developing a curriculum that critically engages students with issues of social difference.


Dr Goli Rezai-Rashti  (Canada)
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education
University of Western Ontario

Goli M Rezai-Rashti teaches at the University of Western Ontario. She works extensively in the areas of equity, race, multiculturalism and educational restructuring and reform

  • Race and Curriculum
  • Multiculturalism
  • Race and Schooling
  • Education Reform

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)