ERIC Number: EJ834770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
"The Lunch Date": A Video for Developing Cultural Self-Awareness
Gallavan, Nancy P.; Ramirez, Maria G.
Multicultural Perspectives, v7 n2 p33-39 Apr 2005
Effective teacher education should guide preservice and practicing teachers in comprehending and facilitating educational concepts and pedagogical practices that examine and promote equity for all learners. Teachers and young learners benefit from sundry opportunities to recognize their self identities and to celebrate both individual and shared cultural characteristics while increasing their understanding and appreciation of others and society. Teachers' cultural characteristics frequently do not match the cultural characteristics reflective of their young learners, and teachers may not be cognizant that their young learners do not see and operate in the world as they do. Critical pedagogy frequently fails to occur when dissonance lies between teachers' backgrounds, beliefs, and behaviors and those characterizing their young learners. Therefore, a major responsibility of pre-K-12 school administrators and teacher educators focuses on developing cultural self-awareness in teachers concomitantly empowering them to develop cultural self-awareness in their young learners. This article addresses how to initiate and further enhance the development of cultural self-awareness in educators by viewing a short yet provocative video titled, "The Lunch Date." A synthesis of university class discussion techniques drawing on the experiences of two professors provides guiding questions and useful suggestions appropriate for pre-K-12 teachers, administrators, staff developers, and teacher educators.
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Elementary Secondary Education, Cultural Context, Teacher Educators, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Self Concept, Teacher Education, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods, Equal Education, Social Justice, Access to Education, Cultural Pluralism, Student Diversity, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Empowerment, Films, Consciousness Raising
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Education Level: Higher Education
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