ERIC Number: ED409351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
The Lore of Out-of-School Curricula: Implicit Principles, Tacit Commonplaces.
Some researchers have argued that out-of-school curricula, implicit patterns of learning in such realms as families, homes, peer groups, mass media, and nonschool organizations, are instrumental in forging the outlooks of individuals. This paper presents a way in which educators can learn about the out-of-school curricula of their students. The term "student lore" is used to refer to the out-of-school curricula and what students can tell teachers about what they need from teachers and their teaching and what they can tell about curricula and how school interacts with their total life experiences. Books about the lives of students are the data sources for this report. Reviewed are: (1) "Children of Crisis: A Study of Courage and Fear" by Robert Coles; (2) "Always Running, La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A." by Luis J. Rodriguez; (3) "Black Fire: The Making of an American Revolutionary" by Nelson Peery; and (4) "There Are No Children Here" by Alex Kotlowitz. These books all deal with the experiences of youth from minority cultures in the United States. Although experienced teachers learn to know their students in any case, studying literature about students and their lives can help educators learn student lore and set student experiences in a curricular backdrop. This approach should help teachers who want to learn more about their students, but are not sure how to go about it. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Black Students, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Learning, Life Events, Literature, Mass Media Effects, Minority Groups, Student Characteristics, Student Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Expectations of Students
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).