ERIC Number: ED348200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Mexican-American History and Culture into the Social Studies Classroom. ERIC Digest.
This digest discusses the integration of Mexican-American history and culture into social studies curriculum. Teaching Mexican-American history and culture is a means of improving educational attainment among Mexican-Americans, of developing "ethnic literacy" among all students, and helping them understand their uniqueness while improving their self-esteem. It is important to select texts and other curriculum materials that accurately and realistically represent the Mexican-American experience. Many such classroom materials present information that is of superficial value or that portrays Mexican-Americans in unrealistic "hero" or "victim" roles. Aside from good curriculum materials, it is recommended that teachers and other educators have effective preservice and inservice training for teaching Mexican-American history and culture. Also important is a favorable school environment, fostered by extracurricular activities and other cultural events reflecting values of ethnic diversity. In conclusion, integrating Mexican-American history and culture into social studies is an important goal that requires effective staff development, a healthy school environment, and accurate materials that represent the diversity of the Mexican-American experience. This digest includes an examplar bibliography. (TES)
Descriptors: Cultural Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Mexican American Education, Mexican American History, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Social Studies, Teacher Education
ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests