ERIC Number: ED227201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Anthropology of the Classroom: Cultural Diversity, Its Meaning and Significance for Human Understanding, Communication and Student Interaction.
London, Clement B.G.
Rapid sociocultural and technological changes in American society demand that concomitant changes in education be made, based on a holistic view of the vast number of factors that affect education and life. Cultural anthropology, which emphasizes both holistic observation and analysis of micro situations, lends itself to the research approach needed to gain such a perspective, especially in combination with approaches provided by the other disciplines. A broad approach is especially significant in view of the multiethnicity of American society due to immigration. The problems and challenges for reform that face educators of culturally diverse populations raise questions that are difficult to answer from a narrow perspective. For instance, adopting either an assimilationist or a cultural pluralist ideology alone in dealing with educational change will result in incomplete analyses of situations. Collaboration among the disciplines is needed to provide a total picture of educational needs, and emphasis on cultural anthropology, especially the anthropology of the classroom, will greatly help efforts to improve education through a better understanding of student needs, teacher needs, and classroom communication processes. (MJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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