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ERIC Number: ED359283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching the Culturally Different: A Multicultural Framework for School Curricula.
Whalon, Constance; Karr-Kidwell, PJ
A multicultural framework for school curricula directed toward the culturally different was developed for implementation of court ordered multicultural education goals at the H. S. Thompson Learning Center of the Dallas (Texas) Independent School District. The philosophy of multicultural education suggests that ethnic diversity and cultural pluralism are essential ingredients and unceasing characteristics of American education and that schools are socializing agencies. A prime objective of multicultural education is to correct ethnic and racial myths and stereotypes by providing students with accurate information. The components of effective curricula begin with value, social action, and identification of key concepts that are related to ethnic context. Restructuring of teaching practices begins with training and development of all educators to introduce teaching strategies such as story telling, open classroom discussions and sharing time, and learning facilitation. A Curriculum Planning Committee comprised of teachers, parents, students, and the Community Advisory Subcommittee reviewed multiculturalism, administered surveys, and developed an Interdisciplinary Planning Framework, which teachers used in planning the thematic units across disciplines. Staff development training took place, which promoted collegial planning and discussion. Appendixes contain survey instruments, and teaching materials developed for staff and students. Contains 16 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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