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ERIC Number: ED348200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Mexican-American History and Culture into the Social Studies Classroom. ERIC Digest.
Escamilla, Kathy
This digest discusses the integration of Mexican-American history and culture into social studies curriculum. Teaching Mexican-American history and culture is a means of improving educational attainment among Mexican-Americans, of developing "ethnic literacy" among all students, and helping them understand their uniqueness while improving their self-esteem. It is important to select texts and other curriculum materials that accurately and realistically represent the Mexican-American experience. Many such classroom materials present information that is of superficial value or that portrays Mexican-Americans in unrealistic "hero" or "victim" roles. Aside from good curriculum materials, it is recommended that teachers and other educators have effective preservice and inservice training for teaching Mexican-American history and culture. Also important is a favorable school environment, fostered by extracurricular activities and other cultural events reflecting values of ethnic diversity. In conclusion, integrating Mexican-American history and culture into social studies is an important goal that requires effective staff development, a healthy school environment, and accurate materials that represent the diversity of the Mexican-American experience. This digest includes an examplar bibliography. (TES)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.