ERIC Number: EJ863713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 4
Enriching Inclusive Learning: African Americans in Historic Costume
Ratute, Ashley; Marcketti, Sara B.
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v101 n2 p64-66 2009
Educating students to embrace diversity and value all people is a core value of educators in family and consumer sciences (FCS). For instructors in FCS, integrating the contributions of African Americans--particularly in textiles and clothing--can be an inclusive learning opportunity. The authors compiled resources on African Americans and historic clothing by examining research published in books and articles indexed in JSTOR and "America: History and Life". From these resources, themes emerged including slavery (particularly in 19th century), cultural traditions, entrepreneurs and designers, beauty and self-image, and headwear and hair. Using these themes, instructors might integrate the many contributions of African Americans into their instruction. Topics may include runaway slaves and their clothing, the origins of the headwrap, and history of the Harlem Renaissance. Integrating African American and other cultural groups in course content has a place in all FCS content areas and opens the door for reflecting and understanding the legacies of all people and cultures of the US.
Descriptors: Consumer Science, Slavery, Clothing, African American Culture, African American Education, African American History, Life Style, Cultural Education, Curriculum Enrichment
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