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ERIC Number: ED169543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Evaluation Process.
Washburn, Judith M.
Before teachers can heed recent calls for planning literary experiences that expose children to books about people in other cultures, they need to evaluate the books on the many ethnic booklists. This evaluation process can be confusing, due to the varying quality of multiethnic literature for children. There are five questions that teachers should consider in evaluating multiethnic books: (1) Are there stereotypes in words or pictures? Stereotyping frequently occurs in language, in the patterns of daily life presented, and in the pictures. (2) What does the story imply? The plot, theme, or tone may contain hidden meanings that convey a distorted view of an ethnic group; further, stories may deal only with the past history of a culture or may omit major aspects of a culture in their portrayals. (3) What are the author's qualifications? The author must have knowledge of the customs, habits, and attitudes of a group to present them accurately. (4) When was the book published? Many older books reflect outdated attitudes, contain offensive vocabulary, and portray stereotyped situations. (5) What is the literary merit of the book? The literary elements of a work must be carefully drawn, insightfully developed, and adequately concluded. In conclusion, teachers must evaluate the available literature and offer those books that present the best, most honest picture of our multiethnic society. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (68th, Kansas City, Missouri, November 23-25, 1978)