ERIC Number: ED329407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
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Integrating Intercultural Education: The Anchorage Alaska Experience.
The desire for students to understand and respect each other is a primary motivation for the effort to integrate multicultural education into all aspects of the Anchorage School District (Alaska) curriculum. The Anchorage curriculum emphasizes the cultural heritage of Alaska Natives, other resident ethnic groups and Pacific Rim cultures. In recent years, this emphasis broadened to include a more international focus. At the elementary grades, the intercultural curriculum is for the most part integrated into the social studies and language arts programs. In the secondary grades, the program emphasizes particular courses and programs. The Bilingual and Multicultural Education Programs also involve students through a variety of programs and activities. The University of Alaska and Alaska Pacific University offer district-sponsored credit courses in bilingual education, intercultural education, and Native education for interested teachers. Result of a needs assessment of minority secondary students (n=246) show that prejudice, racism, and intercultural communication are not major concerns. Academic achievement, planning for future college and career, and developing personal relations predominate. The survey supports maintaining the effort to integrate cultural information into the existing curriculum rather than attempting to introduce cultural education as a separate entity. The integration of intercultural issues, materials, and instructional methods is an ongoing process that has support from the community, school board, and school district administration. (Author/KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Alaska (Anchorage)
Note: Paper presented at the Intercultural Communication and Instruction Interest Groups at the Western States Communication Association Convention (Phoenix, AZ, February 15-20, 1991).