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ERIC Number: ED337416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Making "A World of Difference" in Teacher Education.
Fisher, Janet Cameron; And Others
A program titled "A World of Difference" (AWOD), designed to reduce racial, ethnic, and religious prejudice and discrimination, is incorporated into teacher education classes at California State University (Los Angeles). AWOD is a school-, community-, and media-based program, originally introduced in 1985, The program includes lessons on American beliefs and values, prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, scapegoating, and racism. Each community that adopts AWOD develops its own local educational materials. The AWOD elementary and secondary classroom curriculum developed for multicultural communities in southern California provides strategies to reduce intergroup tensions and prejudice and enhance self-esteem. Activities and strategies in the lessons help develop students' cognitive sophistication. The paper presents several examples of AWOD lessons incorporated into the syllabi of certain methods courses, noting that teachers need techniques to enable every child to achieve maximally at a time when population projections define a future markedly different from the present. The examples come from science, foreign language/English as a Second Language, mathematics, English, art, and social studies; and from general credentialing courses such as instructional strategies and classroom management. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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