ERIC Number: ED306602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Literature as Lessons on the Diversity of Culture. ERIC Digest.
Aiex, Nola Kortner
Television in the late 1980s has offered even the occasional viewer an almost dizzying picture of other peoples and cultures, thanks in part to the rapid technological advancement of satellite communication systems. At the same time, a recent survey of the most widely assigned literary works in high schools found that the high school canon changed very little between 1963 and 1989. The ERIC database provides several resources for administrators and teachers who wish to offer their students varied literary and cultural experiences. The classroom teacher is undoubtedly the most important element in any literature program that encompasses cultural themes. An interested teacher can learn much about the cultural characteristics (and negative stereotypes) of the cultural groups represented in the classroom. The general theme of multi-ethnic literature can be simple: diversity. The study of diversity of cultures offers schools a richer potential than does uniformity or monoculture. (MM)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Bloomington, IN.