ERIC Number: ED365618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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The REACH Center and Multicultural (Multi-ethnic) Art Education.
This paper is a summary of an awareness session on the nationally validated programs of the Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage (REACH) Center for Global and Multicultural Education. The REACH curricula are designed to be infused into the K-12 programs of U.S. schools. The learner outcomes of the curricula are positive self concepts, multicultural literacy, and respect for the cultural diversity of U.S. society. The four components of the REACH Center's programs are: (1) cultural self-awareness; (2) multicultural knowledge; (3) human relation and communication skills; and (4) cross-cultural experiences. Multicultural education is defined as multi-ethnic education that deals with human diversity within the United States. It incorporates the study of ethnic, racial, and cultural similarities and differences, as well as issues related to gender, age, socioeconomic status, and physical ability. Multicultural education does not aim at eradicating cultural differences, but is based on the social theory of acculturation, intercultural exchange that blends diverse people into a socially unified culture. Multicultural art education expands students knowledge of world views, stylistic and technical options, aesthetic systems, and the symbolic meanings that may be conveyed through art. It increases students repertoire of ways of thinking and behaving, and fosters social, creative, and mental growth. Cultural institutions need to work with ethnic authors and publishers of instructional materials to develop programs and publish both print and non print multicultural art educational resources. (DK)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Art Education, Communication Skills, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Benefits, Elementary Secondary Education, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Multicultural Education, Self Concept
Rohn Stewart, 3533 Pleasant Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408 ($3).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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