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ERIC Number: EJ776273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Making a Difference: How Teachers Can Positively Affect Racial Identity and Acceptance in America
Davis, Jonathan Ryan
Social Studies, v98 n5 p209-216 Sep-Oct 2007
The author examines the important role schools, teachers, and the high school social studies classroom can play in helping students develop positive racial identities. Using the Classroom-based Multicultural Democratic Education framework, the author argues that high school social studies teachers need to adapt pedagogical strategies and curricula to foster racial tolerance, understanding, and respect within the classroom and for individual students. This is necessary training to prepare students for life in a racially strained American society. Teachers can help students achieve a positive racial identity by (1) understanding students' racial and cultural backgrounds, (2) providing students with a more diverse, multicultural curriculum, and (3) generating cooperative learning between students. The author offers suggestions for achieving this goal and urges teachers and scholars to conduct further research in this area.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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