ERIC Number: ED392864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Educating the Arab American Child: Implications for Teachers.
Suleiman, Mahmoud F.
This article presents relevant information about Arab American children as a guide for multicultural teachers. Given the alarming impact of cultural conditioning in American society, the previously invisible Arab Americans and their children have become visible in a negative way. Current cultural conditioning does not allow Arabs to see themselves positively, and it does not allow other Americans to see Arabs as they wish to be seen. Causes and effects of the identity crisis of the Arabic-speaking child are reviewed, and information from studies investigating Arab children's experiences in American schools is used to help teachers foster a more positive learning and teaching environment in culturally diverse classrooms to empower Arab children. Conditions of effective learning must be present to enhance motivation, promote tolerance, reduce prejudice, and multiply learning opportunities for all students. Understanding invisible Arab children is a key element in promoting their self-esteem and the desired educational outcomes. (Contains 39 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Identity Crisis; Tolerance