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ERIC Number: ED287598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Play and Culture: Implications for Teachers.
Guddemi, Marcia Priess
Discussion begins with an exploration of the relationship between play and culture and concludes with recommendations for teachers of children in multicultural classrooms. Intermediate sections discuss cultural awareness and the role of the teacher in promoting cultural understanding among children. Included in the discussion are remarks about numerous functions of play, a list of five facts considered important in dealing with cultures and American social classes, and a list of skills and characteristics that are necessary and desired attributes and abilities of teachers assigned to multicultural classrooms. Teachers are advised to remember that most Americans are not middle class, most lower class Americans are white, most welfare recipients are white, working class and middle class are not synonymous, and every cultural group has its own social hierarchy of classes. It is specifically recommended that teachers (1) provide many opportunities for dramatic play; (2) use manipulatives from the child's environment; (3) use literature that reflects many cultural backgrounds; (4) encourage language in informal settings; (5) celebrate many multicultural customs and games; (6) provide daily routines and activities for the entire group; (7) invite parents into the classroom as resources and models; and (8) address the special needs of the interracial child. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A