ERIC Number: ED338382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-20
Reference Count: N/A
Our Shrinking World: The Need for Cultural Awareness.
Skelton, Sarah C.
This paper discusses the characteristics of middle school students and teachers, and provides suggestions for the development of cultural awareness at the middle school level. Between the ages of 10 and 14 years, adolescents experience rapid physical growth, changes in social relationships and in emotions, and changes in intellectual development from concrete to abstract operations. Middle school educators must keep these changes in mind if they are to provide a high quality educational environment. Cultural awareness education programs should increase students' knowledge of cultures and minority groups, and minimize students' prejudice toward others who are different. A cultural awareness program should include: (1) an interdisciplinary approach; (2) interesting curricular materials; (3) development of skills in analysis and critical thinking; and (4) materials and activities which are authentic and multidimensional, and involve cognitive and affective skills. A reference list of 22 items is provided. (BC)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Human Relations Programs, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Multicultural Education, Program Development
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Early Adolescents
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Childhood Education International (San Diego, CA, April 20, 1991).