Researching ethnic minority students in a Chinese context: Mixed methods design for cross cultural understandings

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Abstract

Research on and with ethnic minority students is characterised by a growing international literature that privileges ‘liberal multiculturalism’ as a lens through which to understand their experiences, yet ethnic diversity is constructed and responded to in many societies that are not underpinned by liberal democratic values. In this paper we use Joppke's binary to show how researching ethnic minority students outside of a liberal democratic framework requires methodologies that enable researchers to see beyond the invisibility that is often attached to ethnic minorities. We show how invisibility (i.e. antidiscrimination) can also be further culturally constructed, confounding even more any broader multicultural project. We canvass four broad areas including the role of legally binding legislation that seeks to prohibit racism, the views of policymakers attempting to implement policy consistent with the legislation and the views of teachers about their roles in supporting ethnic minority students. This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Comparative Education © 2011 Routledge; Comparative Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=journal&issn=0305-0068
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-354
JournalComparative Education
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Citation

Kennedy, K. J., & Hue, M. T. (2011). Researching ethnic minority students in a Chinese context: Mixed methods design for cross cultural understandings. Comparative Education, 47(3), 343-354.

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