ERIC Number: ED251415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Preparing Teachers for Multicultural Classroom Environments: The Roles of Literature and the Posacculturation Processes.
Ehle, Maryann J.
Books have acculturated and perpetuated group social, political, and economic beliefs as well as individual emotions, attitudes, values, and behaviors. Educators must be wary of literature which perpetuates misconceptions, negative impressions, and insensibilities. A review of books which depict members of cultural groups as strong, positive, and heroic, and with respect, integrity, and compassion for their human experience, illustrates the strong potential they offer for enhancing readers' self concept and understanding of fellow humans with different cultural backgrounds. A model and program of positive acculturation through literature, called posacculturation, emerged from a synthesis of research and readings of creative works. The posaccultural process is based upon the specific capacities of literature to acculturate positive values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of Self, Others, and Pluralistic Peoples. It integrates the powers of literature to deepen experiences and create human connections to issues of the times and to all peoples and cultures. It views literature as a performing art capabable of enhancing communication and evoking humanistic interactions. (JD)
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