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ERIC Number: ED369584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul-15
Pages: 39
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Multiculturalism: Implications for Outdoor and Conservation Educators.
Matthews, Bruce E.
This paper addresses the role of multiculturalism in outdoor and conservation education. Multiculturalism promotes appreciation of diversity including differences originating from race, ethnicity, gender, and abilities, thereby developing tolerance and human understanding. Several trends make multiculturalism relevant to outdoor activities. By the year 2025, the percentage of the U.S. population composed of nonwhite groups will increase from 20 percent to 35 percent. Currently, the majority of anglers and hunters are white males. Wildlife agencies, sportsmen's organizations, and conservation groups need to reach out to populations traditionally not targeted through their programs. Multiculturalism offers a unique opportunity to promote hunting, fishing, and trapping. Strategies include seeking out multicultural audiences when discussing or promoting outdoor activities, eliminating physical and attitudinal barriers, advancing accessibility of the outdoors to all groups, avoiding pitfalls such as biased thinking and tokenism, and using person-first terminology when describing multicultural groups. Outdoor educators can incorporate a multicultural approach and promote the exploration of traditions as a means of finding a common ground among cultures. Contains figures illustrating population trends and percentages of participants in fishing by race and ethnicity. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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