ERIC Number: ED170189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: 0
African Studies Handbook for Elementary and Secondary School Teachers. Second Edition.
Agers, Walter; And Others
Thirty-two American teachers, most with experience in teaching in Africa, have developed units and lessons to foster cross-cultural understanding about Africa. The units stress students' appreciation and understanding of themselves as individuals while developing an acceptance of the reality of cultures alien to their own. The units are not intended for a complete course but provide basic lessons which can be selectively integrated into social studies and language arts classes. Directed toward American teachers with little opportunity to study Africa first-hand, the comments from teachers who field-tested the materials in integrated or all-white schools are enthusiastic. Most units are geared to elementary or intermediate grades but are adaptable for high school classes. The units involve students in examining perceptions of Africa and Africans, perceiving Africa as a diverse continent, identifying with African children, identifying with Africans experiencing social cleavage, respecting African institutions and lifestyles, and appreciating African art forms. Preceding each unit or lesson component are statements of general and specific objectives, listings of materials needed, ways to stimulate interest, teaching procedures, alternative and follow-up activities, teacher comments, and print and non-print resources categorized by grade level. Appendices are provided on African clothing, games, food, human resources for African studies, annotated bibliographies for elementary and secondary students (one in French), teacher resources, an annotated filmography, and publications/materials from the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts. (DL)
Descriptors: African Culture, Area Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Language Arts, Non Western Civilization, Resource Materials, Social Studies, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Publications Assistant, Center for International Education, Hills House South, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Center for International Education.