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ERIC Number: ED467763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-5
Pages: 15
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Shaping Teachers' Minds: Reflections on Cultural Discourse.
Aminy, Marina; Neophytos-Richardson, Aspasia
This paper highlights certain cultural models that have been effective in swaying culturally inexperienced teachers to reflect upon their attitudes and biases toward culture and literacy. It presents the actual reflections of student teachers as they respond to learning about cultural models of learning and discourse that may differ from their own. Among the materials provided to teachers for reflection are an ethnographic study that details oral culture among Muslim youth; a provocative video documentary on race entitled "The Color of Fear;" and an essay by Sonia Nieto entitled "Moving Beyond Tolerance in Multicultural Education." Some of the many realizations that teachers have made as a result of this reflection include the new understanding that Qur'anic recitation is a valuable, literacy-enhancing practice among Muslims; intense, reflective dialogue among members of different racial groups (as witnessed in "The Color of Fear") can yield powerful changes in one's systems of thought; and reading articles such as Nieto's can challenge people to move to higher levels of multicultural education and realize their own shortcomings. This cultural curriculum brought about actual changes in how teachers perceived cultural discourse and their own positions in such an exchange. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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