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ERIC Number: EJ1088287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Patriotic Acts: Five Activities for Identity Building
Soetoro-Ng, Maya
Educational Perspectives, v46 n1-2 p44-50 2013
Building a personal identity is a lifelong, thoughtful process that takes into account not only one's race and ethnicity, but also life experiences, relationships, and communities. The process of exploring and evolving one's identity deserves a place in the classroom. Educators can play a key role in supporting their students' in this process by teaching lessons that enhance the skills that are crucial to this process, such as critical thinking, perspective shifting, and reflection. In these pages, I will suggest a few strategies that I have used with my students to encourage the process of identity building and teach the importance of valuing one's own, unique identity. Many (though not all) of these strategies consider layered, multifaceted identity as something that can be instructive for all children, regardless of whether students are mixed or multicultural. This is because multiracial, multiethnic, or multinational experiences can offer an interesting entry point to understanding and can help us to challenge the notion that identity, in general, is unbendable or unmovable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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