ERIC Number: ED243756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Responsive Multicultural Basic Skills Handbook for Teachers and Parents: Overview.
Lewis, Francione N.; Margold, Jane
A rationale for helping primary grade children learn about and value their own and other cultures while acquiring basic academic skills is provided. The handbook is based on the responsive multicultural basic skills approach (RMBS), which states that the school curriculum should reflect society's multicultural nature. The RMBS approach emphasizes basic skills, incorporates content from a diversity of cultural groups into all parts of the curriculum, and provides children with opportunities for using their own world view as an asset for learning. The first part of the handbook discusses ways in which world views differ among and within ethnic groups and how students' ethnic world views affect their learning. The second part discusses the RMBS approach. The need for introducing the youngest students to multicultural studies and multicultural education as a pedagogical process is discussed. Guidelines for using RMBS and a sample strategy for combining multicultural and academic curricula are provided. Appendices contain lists of children's and adult's books, an infusion planning sheet, guidelines for selecting ethnically sound books, and tips for developing a unit of study. (RM)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Traits, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Fused Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Multicultural Education, Parent Role, Perspective Taking, Primary Education, Relevance (Education), Resource Materials, Self Concept, Skill Development, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Responsive Multicultural Basic Skills Approach
Note: For a related document, see SO 015 592. Several photographs may not reproduce clearly.