ERIC Number: ED368821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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Folklife in Education and Cultural Conservation.
Before engaging in a debate about the relationship between culture and education, it is necessary to recognize how teaching about folklore and folklife can serve as an agent for cultural conservation. The example of the prohibitions given Lakota children at a mission school two generations ago illustrates constraints imposed on the practice of ethnic folk traditions. Today, multicultural education is a form of cultural intervention in that teachers work to bring about cultural change. Unfortunately current multicultural education often reflects class, race, and sex biases. It would be fairer for American schools to include the study of traditional and ethnic folklife and to provide opportunities for tradition-bearers to share their knowledge with students. Ample research supports using folk culture to support academic instruction, as several examples illustrate. Bringing active tradition-bearers into schools demonstrates that many people with little formal education have a richness of knowledge and experience that are valuable resources for educators. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Multicultural Education (4th, Detroit, MI, February 1994).