ERIC Number: ED241423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Culture at a Distance: An Anthroliterary Approach to Cross Cultural Education.
Goodman, Jesse; Melcher, Kate
Although most educators agree that cross cultural education is a valuable component of the curriculum and that it offers students the opportunity to understand differences and commonalities among people, there is little agreement about how to teach such a subject. An anthroliterary approach to this discipline helps students understand and appreciate other cultures by narrative portrayals of the lifestyles, customs, and values of different ethnic groups. This portrayal can best be developed in the classroom through the use of a given culture's oral and/or written literature, and through implementation of learning activities that encourage students to actively use their powers of imagination, speculation, and reason. If educators are serious about increasing children's appreciation and understanding for different cultures, then they must explore and use resources that capture students' interests and spark their intellect. A case study of a unit using stories from the Ashanti people of West Africa demonstrates this approach in practice. (LP)
Descriptors: African Culture, Anthropology, Comparative Analysis, Course Descriptions, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Context, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Studies, Folk Culture, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Literature, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ashanti; West Africans
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 21-27, 1984).