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ERIC Number: EJ765596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Transcending Cultural Borders
Graham, Robert; Murphy, Kris; Jaworski, Joy
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v106 n9 p19-21 May-Jun 2007
Cultural diversity presents many challenges to the art educator. Teaching children to be tolerant and to appreciate differences is particularly important in a world that is characterized by polarization, embittered cultural divisions, and prejudice. Students' knowledge and attitudes are mediated by popular culture, which often reduces cultural differences to stereotypes or cliches. The problem for teachers is how to counter the persistence of negative stereotypes and encourage students to become active participants in initiating social change. Art has tremendous power to develop student's intercultural competence. Artists can reveal the assumptions, values, and beliefs of a culture in a way that makes them poignant and comprehensible. Art-making can be a catalyst to develop confidence and competence in engaging in intercultural dialogue. In this article, the authors present a photography project designed to help students understand the diverse cultures in their midst. In this project, the process of creating the photographs allowed students to understand the experiences of people that they might otherwise never have talked with. By exhibiting their work, they were able to share their insights with their peers and many members of the community. (Contains 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York