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ERIC Number: ED133244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
The Initiation Experience: Recognition of Adulthood [And] When Does a Child Become a Man/Woman? Mini-Module.
African-American Inst., New York, NY. School Services Div.
An initiation ceremony which marks the passage from adolescence to adulthood in an African village is the topic of this learning module for elementary and secondary students. A reading is adapted from the autobiography of a Guinean youth who participated in the initiation experience with other boys in his village at the age of 12 years. A lesson plan, arranged in a question-answer format, directs the students to investigate the psychological impact of the initiation ceremony, the attitude of missionaries and colonial authorities in Africa toward such ceremonies, the essential elements common to all initiation rites, and the existence of similar initiation ceremonies in Western society. Detailed answers to all questions are provided. Students also discuss recognition of the signal of when a man or woman attains adulthood. For example, initiation from childhood to adulthood is accomplished in some cultures by reaching a certain age, participating in a religious ceremony, graduating from high school, moving away from home, and supporting oneself financially. Three enrichment activities dealing with American and African adolescence and African initiation ceremonies are suggested. Five books on African children, religions, and philosophies are listed. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, African Culture, Area Studies, Autobiographies, Black Studies, Case Studies, Children, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Secondary Education, Folk Culture, Instructional Materials, Learning Modules, Maturity (Individuals), Social Behavior, Social Studies, Socialization, Sociocultural Patterns
African-American Institute, 833 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017 ($0.50, 4 for $1.50)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: African-American Inst., New York, NY. School Services Div.
Identifiers - Location: Guinea