ERIC Number: ED240120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Experiential Cross-Cultural Approaches in Multicultural Early Field Experiences in the Small Community.
Mungo, Samuel J.
Small communities seldom have the ethnic and racial diversity that can provide multicultural experiences for teacher trainees. Cross cultural training, an aspect of multicultural teacher education, provides experience in understanding the way a culture conditions ways of learning, behaving, and perceiving, and the ability to look at cultural phenomenon from the perspective in which it occurs. If experience with cultural diversity is not available, trainees can be placed in settings such as mental health facilities, units for the mentally retarded, alcohol and drug counseling facilities, programs for the aged, programs for abused women, or correctional facilities. Each of these settings can provide a culturally diverse experience. Working in a correctional facility brings quick awareness of the "institutional" culture that the inmates live in. The "drug culture" is in evidence in drug and alcohol abuse programs. Through working with a mental health program which is trying to establish a center for adult mentally retarded in a community, one comes in contact with societal objections similar to those resulting from having an ethnic minority family move into a different community. (JD)
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