Multicultural Lens Definition

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Ingraham, C. L. (2000). Consultation through a multicultural lens: Multicultural and cross-cultural consultation in schools. School Psychology Review, 29, 320-343. Ingraham’s article ‘Consultation through a multicultural lens: Multicultural and cross- Cultural consulting in schools’ is a very well-articulated argument for the need of a new multicultural frame in consulting. Ingraham is very good at painting the picture as to why a new lens is needed, as the extensive literature review about the impact of race in school consulting has overall not shown any strong correlation between race and effectiveness. The article lays out a highly detailed framework which deals with a variety of combinations which may arise due…show more content…
Ingraham then proceeds to conclude the literature review by stating that there is no conclusive agreement in the body of literature dealing with the impact of race on consulting. The conclusion produced about the literature dealing with MSC is so that the body of knowledge is too small and that there is a need to produce a framework and conduct empirical research. Although the previous conclusion could be taken as a truism and a catch phrase. Also the fact that the article is very well supported except for its main area of focus leads to the conclusion that more research is needed (the author referencing her own older works shows that the body of knowledge is indeed small). As for the procedures in the article itself, there seems to be an over-reliance on anecdotal evidence, with the argument being supported with stories about one person or with hypothetical situation. There is a distinct lack of hard data, but as the author acknowledges that there is a need for more empirical research, this should not necessarily be taken against her. Furthermore, this article is a part of a mini-series dealing with this topic and…show more content…
The existing body of knowledge was not deemed sufficient by Ingraham, which is why this article was produced; in order to clearly formulate the existing knowledge about multicultural and cross- cultural consulting into a coherent frame. The proposed result is the MSC, a comprehensive framework which deals with a whole set of permutations on how to act in difficult multi- and cross-cultural situations. MSC is comprised of five main components with multiple inter-related subcomponents aimed at broadening the consultants sensitivity to cultural issues, while keeping in mind that each individual is unique and not just a living example of his/her culture or group of people ; which am very much in agreement with. For instance, the first component (domains for consultant learning and development) Is comprised of eight domains (subcomponents) in which the consultants need to be proficient in order to approach issues through a cultural frame but at the same time without appearing overly engaged or disengaged. The five components are supplemented with the cultural context triad, which should enable the consultant to find his/her place in the
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