ERIC Number: ED351121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Cultural Diversity and Creativity in the Classroom.
Cultural diversity in the classroom provides the opportunity for children to learn about the customs, clothes, and languages of other countries. Various art forms offer a vehicle for boys and girls to communicate in nonverbal play. A "two-faced" happy-sad puppet provides a nonverbal means for very young or nonnative speaking children to indicate their feelings to teachers and peers. Puppets can become confidants of children who may have no other means of expression. Puppets are available to resemble the physical characteristics of different races and cultures, and can be dressed in international costumes. Water colors allow children to reproduce their inner state with a minimum of conversation, while music can capture the attention of students disinterested in their surroundings; both media can be used to overcome language barriers. Teachers, facilitators, and parents must be creative, spontaneous, and childlike to bring forth children's creativity. Members of cultures who live in a nonnative country do not always agree with the educational methods of their adopted country, and teachers need to be aware of such differences of opinion. Programs of art and music for young children have tremendous impact on ethnic groups who may, for once, feel accepted by their peers as they paint, dance, play an instrument, or play with puppets. (HTH)
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Fine Arts, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Music, Nonverbal Communication, Preschool Education, Puppetry, Second Language Learning, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (20th, Flagstaff, AZ, August 2-7, 1992).