ERIC Number: ED238800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Ozarks Elementary Curriculum Project.
Gerlach, Russel L.
The paper describes the Ozark Elementary Curriculum Project undertaken to provide the region's teachers with resources to create a positive image of the Ozarks and its cultural heritage. Using a multicultural approach, the curriculum presents regional culture as a valid alternative to any standardized national culture, and attempts to demonstrate the American ideal that being different connotes neither superiority nor inferiority. Material is structured around a set of questions relating to everyday life. Questions address personal identity, meeting daily needs, making a living, cooperation, communication, entertainment, and dealing with the unknown. A timeline provides the device for relating these questions to the broader regional and national history. The curriculum itself consists of 3 learning modules dealing with the Ozarks as a region, a culture, and a history, and 4 learning activities which examine specific aspects of Ozark life: geneaology, music, education, and language. Four sections of teacher background information contain material on geography, history, and ethnic groups which has been specifically adapted for elementary use. Bibliographies are also included. The inexpensive project was developed with open-ended activities to facilitate its implementation in a variety of Ozark communities. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Genealogy; Ozarks
Note: Paper presented at the National Council for Geographic Education Conference (Ocho Rios, Jamaica, October 23-28, 1983).