Diversity In the Classroom: A Malaysian Perspective
In Malaysia national unity and social integration are the cornerstone of the education policy. One way to achieve these goals is to provide an opportunity for students of different ethnic groups to interact in the classroom. A unique characteristic of Malaysian Secondary schools is that pupils come from three main ethnic groups namely Malays, Chinese and Indians. These groups have their own beliefs, culture, value systems and norms that will affect their behavior and actions. This diversity in the classroom causes social prejudice and discrimination. This research has shown that students have learned to tolerate other ethnic groups. The multi-ethnic environment has provided a good base for greater social interaction.
Keywords: Diversity, Classroom, Multi-ethnic, Students, Social Interaction, Integration
Dr. Najeemah Mohd Yusof
Senior Lecturer, Center of Educational Studies, University Science Malaysia