ERIC Number: ED147231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Cross Cultural Education: Teaching toward a Planetary Perspective. The Curriculum Series.
Williams, Robert L.
The report offers practical suggestions, organizational strategies, and educational concepts to classroom teachers and curriculum developers for designing and implementing polycultural programs. Polycultural education is defined as experiences provided by the school which enable students to appreciate their own and other people's ethnocultural dimensions. Polycultural education deals with broader cultural considerations than multicultural education and includes programs in religion, geographic residence, political views, racial characteristics, and socioeconomic status. Major objectives of the report are: (1) to point out the need for a polycultural education for every American student; (2) to stress the responsibility of American education for inculcating high levels of international ethnocultural literacy; and (3) to suggest ways of developing and implementing polycultural programs. Chapter I presents major precepts of a polycultural curriculum. Chapter II outlines the organizational structure of a sample high-quality polycultural program. Chapter III explains how in-service education workshops can develop teachers' polycultural skills. Chapter IV deals with financing polycultural programs. Chapters V and VI discuss the involvement in and reaction of community groups, liberals, and intellectuals to polycultural programs. The final chapter examines ways in which polycultural education can help revitalize the racial, social, and cultural health of America. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Cross Cultural Studies, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Higher Education, Humanistic Education, Individual Differences, Inservice Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Multicultural Education, Program Descriptions, Resource Materials, School Role, Skill Development, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.