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ERIC Number: ED243798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Pedagogics in Mexican American Studies.
Carranza, E. Lou
A pedagogy appropriate to college level courses and comprised of interdisciplinary content, multidisciplinary faculty, and students from diverse academic backgrounds and with varying levels of skills merits development. A taxonomy of some of the difficulties in the construction of such a course in Mexican American studies, for example, focuses on five organizational areas: frame of reference, assumptions, elements, interpretations, and theories. Establishing an appropriate frame of reference requires a broad description of course content in order to establish course scope for the student. It also requires that the instructor be informed about the subject matter and have a clear concept of instructional purposes, strategies, and expectations for students. The assumptions, or presuppositions, about the course should be clearly stated at the outset of the course. These may include assumptions about such areas as the nature of man, history, or the purpose of life. The selection of elements refers to establishing key terms and concepts. The fourth consideration concerns interpretations, and models used to display them. An interpretation should be systematically consistent and exhibit a smooth empirical fit with the facts of the world. Finally, theories attempt to relate existent facts properly. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A