School & Society: Learning Content through Culture

School & Society: Learning Content through Culture

School & Society: Learning Content through Culture

School & Society: Learning Content through Culture

Synopsis

A central theme in anthropoligical research is the socialization process. Yet, when applied to student life, the literature tends to neglect a frequent phenomena of student life: that students are uprooted from their home countries and resettled in culturally different areas. The contributors to School and Society provide a comparative assessment of how cultural knowledge relates to learning. They discuss qualitative research and national politics as they relate to cultural education; explore American and Japanese day care centers, Peruvian schools, and the effects of Asian refugees on American schools; and examine peer socialization among Iranians, Israeli adolescents living on Kibbutzim, and other ethnic and cultural groups. In a final analysis, the editors attend to the very conception of culture and the need for "cultural therapy": an understanding of one's own culture in order to study another's.
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