ERIC Number: ED194423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul-15
African Curriculum Workshop for Public School Teachers. Final Report, July 1, 1976 through June 30, 1980.
Uchendu, Victor C.; And Others
This report describes a major project in African curriculum development for public School teachers in the three state area of Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas. Included in the report is a discussion of the project's background, recruitment, staffing, the program, and evaluation results. The project has three major objectives: (1) to improve the skills of teachers in the African humanities by teaching them to diversify approaches to the study of Africa, to develop curriculum units, and to produce and use appropriate teaching aids; (2) to introduce teachers to new curriculum resources; and (3) to further their understanding of African heritage. Elementary and secondary teachers from selected school districts in the three states attended four-week summer workshops conducted at the University of Illinois. Workshop participants listened to lectures; previewed, read, and discussed materials on Africa; and developed curriculum units. Teachers developed units, most of which require from three to four weeks to implement, for use in social studies, art, music, language arts, math, science, and home economics. The sample units in the report include "The Akan of Ghana" (grade 4); "The Cycle of Life in the African Family" (Grade 10-12); "Introducing Africa in the Classroom" (Grade 7); "African Art and Culture for High School Students of Art" (Grade 10-12). The evaluations revealed a strong positive response to the workshop program on the part of teachers. Appendices, which comprise the bulk of the report, contain workshop brochures and schedules, a demonstration unit from the workshop, samples of a newsletter developed, a list of curriculum units developed and sample curriculum units. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. African Studies Program.
Note: For a list of related documents, see ED 188 989.