ERIC Number: ED329459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Enhancing Ethnic Relations through Teaching Multicultural Education in the Secondary Schools.
Enhancing ethnic relations among students of diverse ethnic backgrounds was the aim of this practicum. A specific goal was to aid students in developing positive communication skills needed to enable them to work in collaborative learning groups without feelings of ethnic inferiority or ethnic superiority. Students were taught the vocabulary necessary for learning about other ethnic groups. They identified the countries of their peers' heritages, and each student wrote essays about two of them. They were provided with 12 weeks of lessons, activities, and projects that were designed to increase their knowledge and build positive communication skills, thereby enhancing ethnic relations among them. Outcomes of the practicum were very positive. All five objectives were achieved and surpassed in most areas. There were additional successes, such as students sharing the knowledge gained about other ethnic groups with their peers, parents, and teachers. The data from this practicum indicated the following: (1) students increased vocabularies from learning about other cultures; (2) students were able to name the countries of origin of their peers; (3) students improved their communication skills; and (4) students played, worked, and related more positively with their peers. A number of tables appear throughout this report. Six appendices are included, as is a 21-item list of references. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Cooperative Learning, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Differences, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Relations, Foreign Culture, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Multicultural Education, Student Behavior, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives, Writing Assignments
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University. Contains sporadic thin type.