ERIC Number: ED293833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
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Functional Multicultural Education: Theory and Practice.
Ansah, S. L.
This paper discusses an approach to multicultural education aimed at sensitizing teachers and teacher trainees to diverse cultural patterns. This approach, which is called "Functional Multicultural Education", uses literary writings to emphasize awareness of the levels of cultural differences, both overt and pervasive, that exist in a pluralistic society. It involves an attitude change that results from conscious involvement and participation in a particular culture using literary materials. One of the techniques used to effect this kind of education is the "Literary Grid." This is used to identify the cultural elements in a given text using a matrix of six factors that determine the nature of the cultural elements in the text and identify how the cultural characteristics have been expressed. This technique is supplemented by the Rosenberg Inventory for evaluating cultural content of textbooks. Two learning modules are appended as well as references and Rosenberg's inventory for evaluating the treatment of minority groups and women in learning materials. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Houston, TX, February 14-18, 1987).