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ERIC Number: ED308057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Touching the Past, Enroute to the Future: Cultural Journalism in the Curriculum of Rural Schools. ERIC Digest.
Olmstead, Kathryn
This digest describes the development of cultural journalism and its place in the contemporary curriculum. In the field of cultural journalism, the traditional skills and values of many different groups are chronicled, defined, for example, by ethnic origin, origin, occupation, or environment. The term "cultural journalism" was first used to describe publications inspired by "Foxfire," a quarterly magazine produced by high school students in rural Georgia. Producing a publicatin such s "Foxfire" teaches not only language arts, but also photography, design, cultural heritage, and business management. The digest examines the forms cultural journalism can take such as courses, magazines, newspapers, or anthologies, as well as videos, tapes, records, and radio and television productions. The scope of cultural journalism is broad, involving students from grade 4 up, many audiences, and subjects from individual family histories to studies of entire states or national groups. Producing such a project provides a practical, tangible reason for students to do academic work. It is concluded that cultural journalism can nurture the mutual appreciation of schools and communities, creating understanding that bridges different ages and cultures. Contains 12 references. (DHP)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - General; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.