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ERIC Number: ED472008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 52
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-9723579-0-4
Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding.
Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Office of World Wise Schools.
Understanding the concept of culture helps people live with others of different backgrounds within the classroom, the local community, and the worldwide scale of political, social, and economic interaction. The lessons presented in this book help students begin to more fully understand their own culture and how it has shaped them; to understand the perspectives of other cultures; and to provide an increased awareness of the value and practicality of social service within and beyond the bounds of schools. Lessons are adapted from the Peace Corps' cross-cultural training workbook "Cultural Matters" and from other Peace Corps curriculum resources. The book is divided into four sections: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Unit I: Culture in the United States" (Introducing Culture; Features of Culture; Defining Culture; Culture Is Like an Iceberg); (3) "Unit II: Culture beyond the United States" (On Being Seen as Different; Americans; Generalizations: How Accurate Are They?; Interpreting Behavior: Expanding Our Point of View; Resolving a Cross-Cultural Misunderstanding; Seeing Both Sides of an Issue; A Fundamental of Culture -- Cultural Context; Brief Encounters; Window into Another Culture); and (4) "Appendix: Taking Action -- Additional Ways to Become Involved." (BT)
Peace Corps Worldwise Schools, 1990 K Street, NW, Suite 9500, Washington, DC 20526. Tel: 800-424-8580, ext. 1450 (Toll Free); Fax: 202-692-1421; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Geographic Society, Washington, DC. Education Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Office of World Wise Schools.