Abstract 3- Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2008

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2008



The Role of Ethnicity in Social Studies Education: Identity and Conflict in a Global Age

James R. Moore
Cleveland State University


This article examines the continued salience of ethnic identity and ethnic conflicts in world politics; this is especially important given the central role that ethnicity plays in world politics, especially many developing world countries. The author argues that teachers and teacher educators must understand the pivotal role that ethnicity continues to play in world politics, especially in post-colonial African and Asian societies. Teaching about global issues, such as the current war in Iraq, population patterns in the former Soviet Union, and the genocide in Sudan, requires a deep understanding of ethnicity and its major perspectives. Moreover, by adopting a non-linear perspective, students can understand that traditional societies will reassert their ethnic identities as they confront the powerful and dynamic forces of globalization. Finally, the article will establish the links between ethnicity and multicultural and global education, especially the National Council for the Social Studies major curriculum standards.

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About the Author(s)…

James R. Moore is Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Cleveland State University. Prior to coming to Cleveland State, Dr. Moore spent 22 years teaching history in the Miami-Dade County public schools. Dr. Moore’s publications and research focus on teaching about ethnicity, race, and religion (specifically, Islam) in social studies education. He teaches social studies methods and human diversity courses for the College of Education. Contact information is 2121 Euclid Avenue RT 1314, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214; Telephone: (216) 687-4606 & Fax: (216) 687-5379, and Email: j.moore2@csuohio.edu