ERIC Number: EJ704141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 0
Elementary Students in Substantive Culture Learning
Merryfield, Merry M.
Social Education, v68 n4 p270 May-Jun 2004
In today's culturally diverse and interconnected world, elementary teachers have a primary responsibility for opening students' eyes to the world and its peoples. Without understanding diverse cultures locally and globally, young people cannot make sense of issues and events that affect their lives nor can they make informed economic, political, and environmental decisions. This article discusses several instructional strategies that can contribute to substantive culture learning in kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms. Collectively, they develop in students the skills and knowledge needed to construct a foundation for life-long learning about the world's peoples and develop cross-cultural competence in interacting with people different from themselves. The strategies also address the NCSS standards on culture and global connections. The end of the article contains a list of recommended resources. (Contains 6 notes.)
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Studies, Elementary Education, Cultural Education, Standards, Intercultural Communication, Cultural Awareness
National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Web site: http://www.nsta.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A