ERIC Number: ED412706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons for Understanding: An Elementary School Curriculum on Perspective-Taking.
Vandercook, Terri; Medwetz, Laura; Montie, Jo; Taylor, Pam; Scaletta, Kurtis
This curriculum guide is intended to increase elementary students' awareness of their own and other people's perspectives, resulting in more open attitudes and flexible responses to diversity. Unique features include reflective questions for teachers, a focus on communicating content to families, and planned inclusion of students with disabilities. The curriculum is divided into four units which focus on: (1) the individual student's perspectives; (2) awareness of other people's perspectives; (3) learning to understand conflict; and (4) learning to work together. The 24 lesson plans are presented in the following format: intended grade level and time needed, learning objectives, materials, adult reflection questions, an introduction, suggested activities, closure activities, suggestions for home-school connections, suggestions for adaptations, and space for the teacher's notes. After an overview of the curriculum, the guide's sections provide explanations of the adaptation suggestions, guidelines for evaluation, and recommended ways to foster home-school connections and classroom community building. Also included are many instructional materials keyed to specific lessons and suitable for reproduction. (DB)
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Cooperation, Disabilities, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Emotional Development, Empathy, Inclusive Schools, Interpersonal Relationship, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Perspective Taking, Role Perception, Self Concept, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Social Cognition, Social Integration, Student Attitudes
Publications Office, Institute on Community Integration (UAP), University of Minnesota, 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive, S.E., Minneapolis, MN; telephone: 612-624-1349.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.