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ERIC Number: EJ940188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
Using Storytelling to Discuss the "Undiscussables" in Urban Schools
Caruthers, Loyce; Thompson, Sue; Eubanks, Eugene
Multicultural Perspectives, v6 n3 p36-41 2004
American public schools, free and open to all, are one of the few public places where diverse groups of people can come together and make meaning of their lives. If public schools are to be the havens that people espouse them to be, they have to understand the sociocultural and historical processes that have impacted their beliefs, attitudes, and values about differences relative to race/ethnicity, class, and gender. In this article, the authors focus on how people in urban schools and communities can use storytelling to talk about the "undiscussables" related to race/ethnicity, class, and gender. Undiscussables are those subjects that people choose not to talk about because they have often been "taboo" in educational settings. By using stories to begin a dialogue about one's beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions that impact practice, schools may begin the long process of reculturing that needs to occur in many urban schools to serve students better.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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