ERIC Number: ED180026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Educating Children for Communication in a Multicultural Society.
Klopf, Donald W.
The key to educating children for communication in a multicultural society is to show them the components of intercultural communication and to make them aware of the characteristics that distinguish one culture from another. The major components of intercultural communication can be divided into three categories: the determiners of behavior, the causes of behavior differences among people, and the ways people confront the unknown. The determiners of behavior include experiences, needs (inclusion, control, and affection), personal values, and beliefs. Differences in behavior result from perception, symbol usage (language), and role behavior. Confronting the unknown can lead to ethnocentrism, stereotyping, and prejudice. An example of a program that attends to these components in exercises and reading materials for children is the Hawaii Multicultural Awareness Project, which was developed by the University of Hawaii's Curriculum Research and Development Group. Aimed at fourth through ninth grade social studies classes, the program incorporates several themes about various cultural celebrations to achieve six objectives: developing multicultural awareness, tolerance, and appropriate behavior; adapting to culture shock; eliminating cultural bias; and creating positive multicultural attitudes. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Developing Oral Communication Competence in Children (Armidale, Australia, July 12-18, 1979)