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ERIC Number: EJ887741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
"E Pluribus Unum": Out of Many, One
Schneider, Jean Suchsland; Douglas, Donna Schumacher
Middle School Journal (J3), v41 n3 p13-22 Jan 2010
Members of the educational community, especially teachers and students, need to understand the roles of diversity, prejudice, and privilege in the educational community, but "an understanding of a multicultural perspective must begin with self-inquiry." In addition to self-inquiry, brain-based research validates that long-term understanding comes through personal experiences, such as incidental experiences that occur in daily life, experiences that are sought out by the adventuring person, or simulated events in a "safe" environment. This article describes how preservice middle level teachers at a small regional university planned and hosted a leadership conference for local eighth grade students to engage them in simulations and other learning experiences about diversity, social equity, and privilege. The goal for the teacher candidates, who served as the conference facilitators, and the eighth grade conference participants was to learn about and appreciate their own diversity as well as others' cultural backgrounds and experiences. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa