ERIC Number: ED032276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Institute for Secondary School Teachers To Seek Methods of Increasing Intercultural Understanding. Final Report.
Berne, John Henry
Twenty-four secondary teachers from six New England public schools and six private preparatory schools in the same towns participated in a 10-day seminar on Intercultural Understanding Through Education. The aim was to establish cooperative arrangement between public and private schools whereby programs in the improvement of intercultural understanding can be developed, programs which could serve as models for other schools. Discussion and postseminar questionnaires and letters produced these findings: that interest in intercultural problems is great, that such problems exist within as well as across national boundaries, and that U.S. black-white problems might be approached as intercultural problems, but that teachers lack adequate background, preservice training, financial means for study, materials, resources, and support of school administrators to teach effectively in this area. Rigid departmental structure and western ethnocentric bias are also inhibitive factors. Intercultural education might be improved by the establishment of (1) programs and a pilot information center to develop materials at the secondary school level; (2) summer institutes, conferences, and fellowships for inservice teachers; (3) pilot projects to set up a preservice program and a regional office to coordinate cooperative programs between public and private schools. Utilization of retired university professors as resource people is also suggested. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: No Affiliation.