ERIC Number: ED364458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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New Tools for Multicultural Education: A Response to Patricia Seed's "Multiculturalism and the Predicament of the Comparative Method in Historical and Social Science Research and Teaching."
Burstyn, Joan N.
Researcher Patricia Seed has noted the difficulty undergraduates have in understanding concepts of other cultures. Differences in vocabulary sometimes underscore differences in culture. Seed has suggested that cross- or multi-cultural education cannot proceed from a position of ignorance or arrogance. It is possible to move from cultural misunderstanding by brainstorming solutions from the patterns of those misunderstandings. Researchers have observed that culture shock can be a learning experience. As students experience a strange culture for the first time vicariously in the classroom, their values are challenged and they may experience culture shock. The students may require support for their own positions and the opportunity to adjust to new ideas and customs. Simulations, in which students assume characteristics and behaviors of the people they are studying, often provide a useful way to teach about other cultures. As Seed suggests, teachers need to find ways to make the familiar unfamiliar and the unfamiliar familiar. The effort to make teaching more effective has to be a long term, collaborative effort. (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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