ERIC Number: ED034770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Reference Count: 0
America's Culturally Different Children.
Donelson, Kenneth, Ed.
Arizona English Bulletin, v12 n1 p5-10 Oct 1969
To maintain within a national unity the richness of cultural diversity that has made America great, school curriculums should develop in the child a knowledge of the country's varying cultures. Teachers should initiate for children meaningful experiences with other cultures to help them appreciate the differences and similarities among people. One way to develop positive self-images in culturally different children and thus introduce the sharing of home traditions with classmates is through the "show and tell" time in class. Tape recorders and cameras can be useful in recording stories and classroom projects; puppets, songs, dances, and masks can draw children into role playing; ceremonies and feast days of ethnic groups can stimulate the learning of traditions; parents and community members may participate in discussions of their cultural backgrounds; and books can enlarge children's contacts with other groups of people. Through such meaningful experiences, children can engage in interdisciplinary study, acquire pride in their own culture, practice the cultural roles they will play as adults, and, later as adults, be able to respond to other cultures on an international level. (JM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Cultural Interrelationships, Culture Contact, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, English Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Minority Groups, Nonstandard Dialects, Student Participation, Teaching Methods
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona English Teachers Association, Tempe.