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ERIC Number: ED159273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-20
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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Increasing Ethnic Sensitivity: Why and How.
Schwartz, Lita L.; Isser, Natalie
The legal biculturalism of Canada and the actual multiculturalism of Canada, the United States, and other countries require that we promote in our schools a positive and realistic view of a variety of ethnic cultures. This goal can be met through teacher education, integration of multicultural concepts into the curriculum in appropriate contexts, and the development of improved curriculum materials. Multicultural studies must begin in the primary grades, as research indicates that children's attitudes toward other nations and peoples tend to stabilize by early adolescence. These studies can be combined with mastery of the basic skills, for if the child cannot read and comprehend his assignments, or express her feelings clearly in speaking and writing, the multicultural activities will be less effective. With mastery of basic skills, with unbiased and broad-based texts, and with greater understanding of the values of cultural diversity, the child and the teacher will be able to view more critically and thoughtfully those issues, events, behaviors and beliefs that make up Canada today. (Author/KR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada
Note: Paper presented at the Congress on Education (1st, Toronto, Canada, June 17-21, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to reproduction quality of the original document