ERIC Number: ED192987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May-30
Reference Count: 0
Cross Cultural Education: Some Administrative and Curriculum Concerns.
Important steps in building a multicultural curriculum are the development of specific criteria for cultural inclusion, use of different methods of instruction in the classroom, and implementation of in-service programs for the continual retraining of teachers. Various state departments have developed criteria for inclusion, and these can be used by school systems as a basis to develop their own criteria. However, school systems should go directly to the ethnic communities, where possible, for direction in the cultural concepts to be included in the curriculum and for examination of texts and other resource materials based on the criteria. Where ethnic groups are not available, the school system can use criteria written by other people or organizations of that same culture group. A theme approach to teaching is preferable to a chronological approach, but course content may need to be reorganized before it is possible to use the theme approach. Schools should develop programs to retrain teachers in both knowledge and methodology so that teachers can successfully include all cultures on an equal basis in their classrooms. In addition to being more beneficial to diverse ethnic groups, multicultural programs also are more likely to be permanent than are more narrow based programs. (CM)
Descriptors: American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, Criteria, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Interrelationships, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Inservice Teacher Education, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Program Administration, Thematic Approach, Whites
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Ohio SEA/LAU Multilingual/Multicultural Conference (Columbus, OH, May 30, 1979). Not available in paper copy due to author's preference.