ERIC Number: ED184367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Culture Capsules: A Route to Biculturalism.
Biculturalism is considered a necessary curricular component in bilingual education. In the attempt to meet this challenge, schools often adopt a combination of cultural curriculum models currently available. While these models have intellectual advantages, they lack inclusion of affective considerations. The bicultural approach, on the other hand, actively and directly familiarizes students with the attitudes, value systems, communication styles, and thinking and behavioral patterns consistent with and necessary for the development of bicultural abilities. "Culture Capsules," or minidramas portraying actual or potential real life situations, are a strategy designed to assist teachers facilitate the development of biculturalism. The rationale behind them is: (1) teachers and other school personnel must be cognizant of the nature of culture and biculturalism; (2) they need to realize the basis for conflicts that may occur between culturally divergent groups; and (3) they need to be familiar with the process of operationalizing an atmosphere required in fostering biculturalism. Three sample culture capsules designed for use at three different educational levels are presented. The objectives, uses, types of problems that are suitable for such capsules, adjustment of the capsule to participants' needs, and the components of a capsule are discussed. (AMH)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Class Activities, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Culture, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Group Activities, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Postsecondary Education, Role Playing, Second Language Instruction, Sociocultural Patterns, Teaching Guides
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the NCSS Conference (Portland, Oregon, November, 1979).