ERIC Number: ED351272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
The Study of Holidays: Possibilities for Depth and Breadth.
Lockledge, Ann; Henson, Ted
This paper suggests that the study of holidays presents an opportunity for elementary school teachers to employ a range of social science disciplines and to teach their students the fundamentals of inquiry and critical thinking. The study of holidays from a cross-cultural perspective helps students to understand that peoples of all cultures find ways to celebrate, and that they celebrate for different reasons. Two brief case studies are presented in support of these contentions, and to provide teachers with examples. First, the customs involved with the celebration of Christmas are examined as they have evolved historically and across various cultures. Second, a number of holidays that are celebrated in countries and regions outside the continental United States are surveyed in order to demonstrate the variety of holidays that exist and that the need for peoples to celebrate is universal. A list of 16 books for further reference is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Anaheim, CA, November 1990) and the North Carolina Council for Social Studies (Charlotte, NC, 1992).