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ERIC Number: ED414351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Pages: 83
Abstractor: N/A
Reducing Ethnic Stereotypes among Adolescents with a Cultural Approach to World Geography.
Johnson, Phaedra Lynn
The purpose of this study was to implement a curriculum that emphasized a cultural approach rather than a physical approach to World Geography. Through the implementation of this curriculum at Kearns Junior High School (Kearns, Utah), the students developed a broader understanding of diverse cultures. The project involved 62 ninth graders, and was conducted in a traditional classroom setting, with some activities requiring access to the school's food and arts laboratories. Instruction and activities took place over an 8-week period. Weeks 1 and 2 focused on the culture of Latin America, weeks 3 and 4 on the culture of Africa, weeks 5 and 6 on the cultural of Asia, and weeks 7 and 8 on the culture of the Pacific Islands. The primary data collection tools were pretests and posttests that focused on assessing students' stereotypes. Students completed journals about their thoughts and feelings about the activities. Pretests indicated that students held negative opinions about people from different countries, and many students indicated in their journal responses that they did not understand the behavior of different cultural groups. Posttests showed a decrease in the negative opinions held by students about people from different countries. Students developed respect and appreciation for different cultures through the geography curriculum. An appendix presents the pretests and posttests. (Contains 8 figures and 32 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A