Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education

FALL 2000     http://www.eastern.edu/publications/emme    Vol. 2, No. 2

Theme: Cross-Cultural Partnership

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Enhancing Diversity Awareness Through Educational Technology

John Caruso, Jr.

Western Connecticut State University

Abstract: This instructional idea contains six activities linked to websites pertaining to cultural diversity issues and a series of questions.  The use of instructional technology was presented this idea as part of a virtual in-service course for teachers, designed to raise their awareness of global and domestic diversity issues.

Introduction
Cultural Diversity Virtual Assignments
Resources
Editor's Note

Introduction


    Given the ten-year demographic projection for the USA, it is necessary for middle and high school teachers to develop an understanding and appreciation of increasingly diverse student populations, their history, culture and geography. The following three distance education activities provide teachers opportunities to develop global awareness, cultural sensitivity and awareness of bias while visiting websites and answering a series of questions. [paragraph 1]

    The objectives of the activities are: 

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In-service teachers will define prejudice and discrimination;

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In-service teachers will explore the social impact of geographic misrepresentation; and

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In-service teachers will research and define:
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Stereotyping

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Racism

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Aggression and Self Esteem

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Affirmative Action

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Selective Genocide. [paragraph 2]

 

Cultural Diversity Virtual Assignments


1. View of the World: go to www.webcom.com/~bright/petermap.html

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Proceed through the Peters Map site (click "go forward").

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The Mercator map was developed by a German named ____________________ approximately ___________ years ago.

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How much smaller (sq. miles) is Europe than South America? _______________________

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How much larger (sq. miles) is the South compared to the North? _______________________ [paragraph 3]


2. Stereotype: go to www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/prcb/mono3-e.htm#what 

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WHAT IS STEREOTYPING? List two good purposes or aspects of stereotypes._________________, __________________

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HOW WE USE STEREOTYPES? What motivates people to use stereotypes? ______________________________________________________________________________

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WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS? Why is it harmful to over generalize about people?  ______________________________________________________________________________
  [paragraph 4]


3. Racism in Modern America: go to http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Hills/8908/rframe.htm

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List three types of racists and describe one characteristic of each. _____________________________________________________________________________

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WHAT IS RACE? Why is it inaccurate/incorrect to classify Hispanics as a race?

______________________________________________________________________________
[paragraph 5]


4. Aggression and Self-esteem: go to http://www.apa.org/monitor/jan99/point.html

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Bullies are stereotyped as having low ____________________ and usually attack others to gain _________________. 

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What two factors have a causal relationship with aggression? _____________________________________________________________________________
[paragraph 6]


5. Go to http://www.toptags.com/aama/docs/jcrow.htm 

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What was a Minstrel show and who did it ridicule?

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________
[paragraph 7]


6. Affirmative Action and Reverse Discrimination: Go to http://aad.english.ucsb.edu/

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Scroll down to “History of Affirmative Action.” And scroll through the amendments (Table of Articles and Amendments)

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In 18_____ the ____th Amendment guaranteed voting rights to all male citizens.

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In 1964 the ____th Amendment prohibited the use of a ___________ tax to prevent citizens from_______________ in any primary or other election. 

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What does the NRA (National Rifle Association), and the Second Amendment (1791) have to do with
students bringing guns into schools. ______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________
[paragraph 8]


Resources

ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE 
www.adl.org/default.htm

DEFINITIONS OF PREJUDICE & DISCRIMINATION 
http://faculty.ncwc.edu/toconnor/soc/355lect01.htm 

DISPELLING THE MYTH: A STUDY OF CULTURES: Exploring Native American & Hispanic cultures 
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/stennille/ST3/webquest.html

HISTORY OF LYNCHING IN USA
http://ccharity.com/lynched/lynch.htm

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Examining Illegal immigration in Florida, Texas and California – High School Spanish 
www.yorkville.k12.il.us/webquests/webqGulbro/webqkgulbro.html

IMMIGRATION TODAY: The impact of immigration & immigrants 
http://students.itec.sfsu.edu/EDT628/shovanes/index.htm

INTOLERANCE AND FEAR: Understanding intolerance and fear – examining acts of genocide 
http://zonorus.marlboro.edu/~dnewton/homepage/webquest.htm

LET THERE BE EQUITY!: Promoting Gender Equity 
www.esc2.net/TIELevel2/projects/gender/

SLAYING DRAGONS: Discussing pro/con views about slavery before the Civil War 
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~wwill/

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER 
www.splcenter.org/ 

WALK A MILE IN THEIR SHOES: Increase Global Awareness and appreciation for diversity 
http://slim2.emporia.edu/STUDENTS/Stuart/WEBQUEST/index.htm

Editor's Note

This instructional idea is taken from an on-line course that the author developed and is currently offering through the Blackboard®. Contact the author for further information. 


Dr. John Caruso, Jr., is a Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Professional Development at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT.

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Caruso, J. (2000). Enhancing Diversity Awareness Through Educational Technology. Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education [online], 2(2),  8 paragraphs. <Available: http://www.eastern.edu/publications/emme/2000fall/caruso.html> [your access year, month date]

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