ERIC Number: ED345898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Historical Development of a Curriculum for Teaching Multicultural Studies in a Senior High School.
Morse, John B.
This document consists of a paper and related booklet describing the development of a multicultural studies program in Omaha (Nebraska) high schools. A high school teacher describes how he came to develop Omaha's multicultural education program. In the early 1960s, the realization that history textbooks contained little of the Black experience, coupled with a 35% Black enrollment in his school, led him to incorporate Black history into his American history course and to develop a separate African American history course. Ethnic studies and Chicano studies courses were added by the late 1970s. A 1982 needs assessment showing poor self-image among American Indian students and misconceptions about Indians among non-Indian students led to the development of an American Indian studies course. This process was supported by a committee of Indian parents and students. Recently the school added an Asian American studies course, which aims to improve student understanding of the history and culture of Pacific Rim countries. The booklet contains: (1) procedures for a high school teacher to develop a multicultural curriculum; (2) lists of concepts or topics covered in Benson High School's courses in introductory multicultural studies, African American history, and Hispanic American studies; (3) brief descriptions of the objectives and modules of courses in American Indian studies and Asian American studies; (4) examples of activities and teaching methods; and (5) a list of Asian American studies resources. Not included here are a "module book" and a "study guide" of 276 pages. (SV)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Omaha Public Schools, NE.