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ERIC Number: ED001626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 14
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INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF URBAN YOUTH.
CHAFFEE, EVERETT; AND OTHERS
AS A RESULT OF A REQUEST BY TEXTBOOK PUBLISHERS FOR A LIST OF SUGGESTED INSTRUCTION MATERIALS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF YOUTH IN LARGE URBAN CENTERS, THE COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS HAS DEVELOPED ILLUSTRATIVE GUIDELINES FOR THE SELECTION OF CONTENT FOR BOTH ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY URBAN SCHOOL TEXTS. ONE MAJOR CONSIDERATION WAS THE NEED FOR MATERIALS DEPICTING REALISTIC SITUATIONS IN URBAN AREAS. BASICALLY, TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS MUST BE CONCERNED WITH THE DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP URBAN SOCIETY, THE HIGHLY MOBILE AND TRANSIENT POPULATION, THE DIFFERENCES IN SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC STATUS, AND THE CHANGES IN ECONOMIC, EDUCATIONAL, POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND FAMILY LIFE. A SECOND NEED IS FOR CONCERN ABOUT THE PLURALISTIC NATURE OF SOCIETY IN URBAN AREAS. MATERIALS SHOULD AVOID EMPHASIZING THE SEPARATENESS OF MINORITIES WHEN ATTEMPTING TO RECOGNIZE THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS. REFERENCE SHOULD BE MADE TO THE CULTURAL AND ETHNIC GROUPS AS THEY ARISE NATURALLY IN THE SOCIETY AND SHOULD INDICATE APPRECIATION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS WITHOUT UNDUE EMPHASIS. IDENTIFICATION OF URBAN YOUNG PEOPLE WITH EVENTS AND PEOPLE DEPICTED IN AMERICAN HISTORY IS ANOTHER NEED. TEXTBOOKS MUST FIND IMAGINATIVE WAYS TO PRESENT THE AMERICAN PAST FOR THOSE HANDICAPPED BY LIMITATIONS OF ENVIRONMENT SO THAT THEY MAY FEEL A PART OF ONGOING AMERICAN HISTORY. FINALLY, INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS NEED TO HELP DEVELOP VITAL SKILLS OF COMMUNICATION. TEACHERS NEED SPECIFIC SUGGESTIONS FOR TEACHING LITERATURE, READING AND LISTENING SKILLS, AND FOR IMPROVING SPEECH.
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Authoring Institution: Great Cities Research Council, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers: GREAT CITIES PROGRAM; Illinois (Chicago)