Integrating the Trans national cultural Dimension

Author: Seymour Fersh
Format: PDF, ePub
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Arguing for the integration of trans-national and cultural studies into education at all levels, this pamphlet traces the historical development of trans-national/cultural education and considers the implications and implementation of such education. A prologue first defines the "trans-national/cultural dimension" as a holistic educational environment that helps people transcend culture-conditioned, ethnocentric perceptions and behavior. The next section describes the narrow political/military historical approaches to foreign area studies in the United States that were before 1940; the ethnocentric efforts mirroring the country's global presence that were initiated after World War II; and recent efforts to focus on the ways that cultures are interrelated. This section also highlights the increasing diversity of the nation's population and the importance of appreciating differences among cultures. The third section describes approaches to implementing the trans-national/cultural dimension, including a focus on students and their reaction to material for younger students, on the process of instruction for slightly older students, and on content for older high school or college students. The next section emphasizes the importance of integrating the trans-national/cultural dimension into the educational system to enable students to adapt to the diversity and change of the modern world. The final section presents addresses for 47 institutions providing cultural services and materials and provides citations for 11 related publications. (ECC)

Restructuring an Urban High School

Author: Donn Weinholtz
Publisher: Phi Delta Kappa International Incorporated
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This booklet challenges assumptions about the hopelessness of educational reform in urban high schools by presenting the stories of: (1) Theodore Sizer's Coalition of Essential Schools; and (2) Metro High School in Cedar Rapids (Iowa), a school that participates in the Coalition. Following an introduction, the Coalition of Essential Schools program is described, including a listing of nine common principles for the Coalition of Essential Schools and data on attendance, academic performance, discipline, and the pursuit of higher education; the success of Coalition schools is indicated. Another section describes the experiences, the students, the school climate, and the faculty of Metro High School, which joined the Coalition in 1985. A section on the school administrators describes what was originally supervision by three lead teachers and the current on-site principal who functions much as a lead teacher. A section on academics describes a curriculum that has focused on basic skills and practical electives with an increasing emphasis on accelerated academic coursework in recent years. Also described are Metro High School's "vocademics" program, which helps students explore career choices, and a report of data indicating positive outcomes at this school. A concluding section offers reflections on the Metro High School experience and final thoughts. Fourteen references are included. (JB)