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Infusing cultural diversity into Pakistan Studies textbooks: An analysis of textbooks and teachers’ perspectives


Muhammad, Y and Brett, P, Infusing cultural diversity into Pakistan Studies textbooks: An analysis of textbooks and teachers' perspectives, Radicalization in Pakistan: A Critical Perspective, Routledge, MS Pervez (ed), London, UK, pp. 61-76. ISBN 9780367618544 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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One of the challenges faced by diverse democratic nation-states such as Pakistan is to provide opportunities for different groups to maintain aspects of the culture of their religion, region, or community while constructing a national political and educational narrative in which these groups are structurally included and to which they feel allegiance. Banks (2009) noted that: ‘schools and nations cannot marginalize the cultures of groups and expect them to feel structurally included within the nation and to develop a strong allegiance to it.’ More than this, excluded students, who official narratives present as the ‘other,’ might be attracted to alternative narratives that fuel their sense of being unrecognized, underappreciated, or even potentially violent outsiders. This is why sensitive approaches to cultural diversity matter; without such sensitivity, there may be unwitting support offered to extremist groups proffering more alluring narratives.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:cultural diversity, Pakistan studies, textbooks
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Muhammad, Y (Mr Yaar Muhammad)
UTAS Author:Brett, P (Dr Peter Brett)
ID Code:142039
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-12-09
Last Modified:2021-08-25

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