ERIC Number: ED387302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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The Learning Wheel: Ideas and Activities for Multicultural and Holistic Lesson Planning.
This book describes a conceptual framework for multicultural education that is based on how various cultures lead their members to know about the world. This approach accounts for diverse ways of knowing and learning and is based on the symbol of the wheel as an ancient organizational model from Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. This model involves multiple intelligences as ways of knowing that are supported by different cultures. The wheel intelligence model represents five intelligences, one in each of the four cardinal directions and one in the middle. The wheel intelligence model forms the basis of the learning wheel, which is a concrete tool to construct lesson plans, curriculum, and educational environments. The learning wheel helps teachers include each intelligence and integrate methods that are best suited to those intelligences in every lesson. Chapter 1 catalogues wheels used by cultures around the world, the purposes of wheels, and the commonalities of these wheels. Chapter 2 describes the wheel as an organizational tool to create a multiple intelligence model based on a multicultural perspective. This chapter also defines the five different intelligences: practical, technical, conceptual, creative, and expanded. Chapter 3 further refines the circular model through the learning wheel, a lesson-planning tool for teachers to ensure that each of the diverse intelligences, or ways of knowing, are addressed in instruction. Chapter 4 discusses intuition and its relationship to the unconscious mind and provides sample imagery exercises and tips on developing intuition. Chapter 5 overviews issues involved in cross-cultural work including specific techniques. Chapter 6 includes lesson plans representing various disciplines and age groups based on the learning wheel. Appendices include the learning wheel lesson planning form, an imagery script form, information on ethnicity and learning style, and strategies for learning about culture. Contains 51 references and an index. (LP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education, Holistic Approach, Intelligence, Intercultural Communication, Intuition, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Lesson Plans, Models, Multicultural Education, Multiple Intelligences
Zephyr Press, P.O. Box 66006, Tucson, AZ 85728-6006 ($25).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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