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ERIC Number: ED063031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Pages: 16
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The Development of a Black Curriculum for Young Children. Final Report.
Spokek, Bernard; And Others
A two-year project established to develop a kindergarten-primary curriculum to help all children become aware of significant aspects of Black culture and learn to confront the problems they will face living in an integrated society is presented. The program was designed in four phases. Phase I concerned itself mainly with collecting resources and background data for the black curriculum. Phase II concentrated on developing a series of teaching units in Black Studies for use with young children. Phase III included the final organization and field testing of the resource units. During Phase IV revisions were made in the teaching units as a result of the information gathered during the field testing and the final report was written. Instructional materials included The Continent of Africa, Language Experiences - Black Media, the Aesthetic Curricula and Black Arts, and Music. There were five workshops. In the final workshop, the teachers discussed with the researcher the relevance and effect of the entire curriculum. Findings include: (1) Racial attitudes improved; (2) Improvement in racial attitudes was greater for girls than boys; (3) Pupils in the study made less stereotyped choices in their role identification of Black Americans; and (4) The pupils in the program showed an increase in their knowledge of Black Americans. It is concluded that Black Studies are effective in increasing the self concepts of Black children and in improving academic readiness. (Author/CK)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Elementary Education.