ERIC Number: ED243152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Teaching Worldmindedness through Children's Literature.
Stoddard, Ann H.
Children's literature is an excellent medium to introduce global concepts and bridge multicultural understanding. Through the use of books, children can be helped to appreciate the commonalities and differences among cultures, to become aware of a relationship with self, others, and the environment, and to identify with the human condition. An initial point of departure for global education with young children is increasing their sense of dignity and self-worth. This theme in books helps children to gain self-acceptance. The concept of acceptance of others can help increase the child's understanding of cause-effect relationships in social interaction. Books should also be selected to teach worldmindedness, to show children that various cultures have more similarities than differences. The use of animal stories and folktales, on the other hand, can help children to grasp the concept of diversity among cultures. High interest books that are either picture books or easy to read can provide children with a perspective of the world according to another's point of view. And, books that address world problems can be used as a consciousness-raising exercise. (The paper lists and describes children's books for each of the concepts addressed.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Reading Association (21st, Hollywood, FL, October 13-16, 1983).