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ERIC Number: EJ995338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
You're Not from around Here
Kilman, Carrie
Teaching Tolerance, n42 p54-57 Fall 2012
Adams-Friendship High School sits in the center of Wisconsin, a few miles east of a national wildlife refuge, surrounded by farmland. Vincent High School, in Milwaukee, sits near the northern edge of the city, a few blocks from a highway. Two schools in the same state, separated by a three-hour car ride and a mile-long list of assumptions about what people "over there" are like. Last spring, students from both schools spent a day together at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). It was the culmination of an online literature class called the UWSP Connections Project, led by pre-service teachers in professor Barbara Dixson's English education course. In virtual classrooms, students read and discussed books that examined issues of race, class, and geography. The online interactions gave them a starting place--but when they met in person, students were nervous. On its surface, the Connections Project helps pre-service teachers practice their instruction skills. But at its core, the project accomplishes something far more fundamental: It helps students overcome stereotypes about other places and the people who live there. In this article, the author discusses the importance of challenging regional bias in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin