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ERIC Number: EJ789560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Becoming Conscious of Different Perspectives
Cullinan, Beth; Dove, Tim; Estice, Robert; Lanka, Janet
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v20 n4 18-21 Mar-Apr 2008
Everybody knows how easy it is for students to react negatively to people who act or think differently from themselves. To counterbalance students' often egocentric and ethnocentric views (which are normal for this age), teaching team collaborates to integrate voices from the world across the curriculum. They want their students to be learning constantly from diverse points of view; they want to place them in environments where they can imagine themselves "walking a mile in another's shoes." The authors have developed a series of activities that scaffold this development of perspective consciousness across their courses in global cultures, language arts, and world history, and in a course called "connections". In this article they share some of these activities and reflect on what they are learning. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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