ERIC Number: ED327859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Using Young Adult Literature as Artifact To Gain Insight about the Adolescent Experience in Other Cultures.
Stover, Lois T.
Using young adult literature from other countries in the classroom provides a common ground from which to build the tolerance and appreciation of cultural diversity so needed in today's world. By viewing books from other countries as artifacts of culture, it is possible to learn about other lands and their peoples. It is also possible to understand more fully the nature of adolescence and to experience the complexities of that developmental stage, and, at the same time, to meet individuals who are unique but who, nevertheless, have a great deal to say to readers about how to live. Commonalities of adolescent developmental tasks and concerns that arise during the move into adulthood, e.g., concerns about school, career, health, physical development, personal self, and social self, are readily apparent and can be used to cross cultural boundaries. These similarities of concern and experience among young adults from varied backgrounds may help our students, as they read about their peers from other countries, develop a tolerance and appreciation for those whose cultural trappings and day-to-day behaviors set them apart. (An annotated bibliography of 35 applicable books available in translation is attached.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Commonality; Literature in Translation