ERIC Number: EJ917792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Literature of Social Transformation: Helping Teachers and Students Make Global Connections
Neely, Ann M.
Language Arts, v88 n4 p278-287 Mar 2011
Neely sought to draw upon her experiences in teaching courses in children's literature, research on global/multicultural education, and her own beliefs in order to design and implement a course on literature written about and after the end of segregation in the United States and Apartheid in South Africa. The course included travel to some of the sites in which the literature was set. The interplay between reading the literature and the travel are discussed. The article explores ways that this sort of literary study and travel experience may help future teachers begin to see themselves as more globally interconnected. Experiences that directly relate to a focus on global interdependence were the basis for this course. Do these connections help students examine the potential for hegemony and to resist such ideology? Finally, the article suggests implications for elementary classroom teachers and teacher educators who focus on the language arts and literature.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Travel, Multicultural Education, Racial Segregation, Social Change, Foreign Countries, Teachers, Teacher Educators, Language Arts, Cultural Influences, Civil Rights, Voting
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa; United States