ERIC Number: ED215343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Exploring the Concept of Culture through the Writing Process.
Castaldi, Teresa M.
Because of their egocentricity, many students have a limited sense of other cultures and are caught up in a web of ethnocentric biases without quite knowing how and why these biases exist. A framework, encompassing the theories of J. Moffett and J. Piaget, may be designed to move students through a series of hierarchical writing exercises that would enable students to identify their own point of view, to become familiar with other perspectives, and to move toward a larger field of knowledge, that of cultural awareness. Writing heuristics for such a framework can be designed with an anthropological base. The first heuristic would allow the students to explore their own ideas of concepts and those of others by discussing "culturally loaded" words, while a second group of heuristics would include three paragraphs excerpted from various readings in anthropology that deal with perspective. In this way students could examine various levels of experience and self orientation as expressed in those writings. The last heuristic would be an ethnographic paradigm designed to enable students to observe and record a situation as objectively as possible. The intent would be to limit the degree of subjectivity in observations leading to assessments of situations and cultures. Appended are suggested writing exercises for the first two heuristics and a sample participant/observation data sheet.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing across the Curriculum
Note: Paper presented at the National Endowment for the Humanities/Beaver College Summer Institute for Writing in the Humanities (Glenside, PA, July 26-31, 1981).