ERIC Number: ED331943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Evaluating Multicultural Education.
Barger, Robert N.
This learning module comprises three activities that provide the opportunity to evaluate: (1) one's own level of cultural awareness; (2) cultural bias in textbooks; and (3) aspects of multiculturalism in a secondary school. The first activity, "Your Own Cultural Awareness," uses "Morgan's Central West Virginia Cultural Awareness Quiz" to demonstrate the experience of minority group students faced with tests that have been standardized on the white, middle-class experience and vocabulary. The 20-item multiple-choice quiz has been standardized on the experience of a poor, white Appalachian person. The second activity, "Biases in Textbooks," requires the evaluation of a college or secondary school textbook on the basis of the following criteria: (1) invisibility; (2) stereotyping; (3) selectivity and imbalance; (4) unreality; (5) fragmentation or isolation; and (6) language. The third activity, "Multicultural Life in Today's School," requires a site visit to a secondary school with at least a 20 percent minority group student enrollment and observing the following: (1) teacher expectations; (2) interracial and intergender interactions; (3) seating plans; (4) racial and gender composition of the teaching staff and administration; and (5) evidence of a multicultural curriculum. Written communication and cultural exchange with a secondary school student is suggested as an alternative activity. A three-item bibliography and the answers to the quiz are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eastern Illinois Univ., Charleston.