ERIC Number: ED444159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Teaching Multiculturalism: Focus on People.
Wallace, Deborah A.
This article details a project for teaching elementary school students to understand and accept multicultural differences. This task is made easier by involving actual international visitors. Students need a considerable amount of background information before an international visitor comes to class. In preparing for a visitor, students can develop their skills in several areas of the curriculum, including literature, writing, oral reports, research, interviewing, geography, and art. It is important to give students understanding of the country being studied, such as its location, culture, and unique characteristics. Hosting an international visitor to the classroom will improve students' skills in researching, working cooperatively, speaking publicly, and organizing and analyzing information. The international visitors and students appreciate and enjoy the experience while learning a great deal from each other. (EF)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Elementary Education, Information Skills, Multicultural Education, Research Skills, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.