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ERIC Number: ED376502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Pockmarks and Pustules on the Face of Multicultural Readers.
Chin, Susan Ho
Using multicultural readers for writing courses runs two risks--"pockmarks and pustules." Pockmarks refer to problems with the multicultural readers or books themselves, while pustules refers to characteristics associated with readers or the ones who read the books. Pockmark No. 1 is that readings may create negative opinions or stereotypes in the minds of the readers. Students who read about areas of the world about which they have no prior knowledge or about cultures with which they have had no interaction are particularly vulnerable to misperceptions. Pockmark No. 2 is that readings may shock a student and/or reinforce his or her ethnocentric sense that "our" way is better. Pustule No. 1 is that most read especially young people, are egocentric, which means they have trouble relating to that which is not the here and now. They often view a reading selection with skepticism or regard it as fiction. Pustule No. 2 is that an individual's assumptions and prejudice interfere with perception, and even with reading comprehension. Pustule No. 3 is that each person perceives, evaluates, and judges other cultures through the filter of his or her own culture. The solutions to these problems requires that instructors carefully evaluate the texts they are using. They should strive to help their students realize that while cultures are different, they are all equal, and no one culture is better than another. In addition, they must use outside resources, such as atlases, films, videos, photographs, photographic essays, and cultural studies, to provide context. (Contains 12 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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